Found April 10, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
This is the T-Shirt Tuesday design for the April 23 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, honoring Mets catcher John Buck. It bears a striking resemblance to Blitzen. In 31 plate appearances so far this season, Buck is batting .393/.387/.464 with four home runs and an NL leading 14 RBIs in eight games. Buck did not hit his fourth home run of the year last year until May 13 (25 games) and did not drive in his 14th run of the season until June 24 (50 games). Buck is the first Mets player with four home runs in the team’s first eight games of season since Mike Piazza in 2001. I tossed the following question out on Twitter and what follows are a few of the many responses. Some Met fans are excited about Buck because it keeps the Mets in contention. Others are excited because we can trade him at deadline and get more for him if he keeps this up. Where do you stand? @metsmerized I love what he brings to the young pitching staff. I think that’s valuable then what we could receive in trade ...
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