The starter is getting tired. The call goes out to the bullpen. Within ten minutes, the crowd sees the reliever making his way to the mound on foot.
But in the old days, relievers rode to the mound in the Bullpen Cart. Who remembers that? The cart’s top was a big Mets Cap. The sides were baseball bats, the rear were the seams of a baseball and the headlights were strategically placed within two fielder’s mitts.
Oh and Shea had one for the visitor’s, with a change of cap for each visiting team.
There is a reported incident at Shea Stadium that after the Mets won the division championship in 1986, Eric Bennett (a former stadium vendor) headed to the bullpen during the ensuing celebration on the field, hijacked the cart, and took it on a joyride around the outfield until the engine stalled.
Plenty of teams had them. What happened to them? I’ve seen two explanations:
1) Teams stopped using them because it promoted the wrong image: “We’re paying this guy how much and he has to get a...