Amazin’ Moments: Rusty and the Rundown

Here’s an Amazin’ Moment I won’t soon forget because it involves one of my favorite Mets of bygone days, Rusty Staub. During his first go-round with the Mets, Rusty provided more in the way of consistent offense and heady play than fans had come to expect from a Mets team that relied primarily on the arms of Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Jon Matlack, Tug McGraw and whatever offense...
Via Mets Merized Online
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

MMO Fan Shot: I’m Mad As Hell

An MMO Fan Shot by Tom Starita After a lifetime of telling us to do this at Shea Stadium and Citi Field, I think it’s time to finally listen to Howard Beale… I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s on the disabled list or scared of losing their job. Our shortstop’s not a shortstop; Cuddyer is going bust...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 1972 Tom Seaver

1972 METS FANTASY CARD TOM SEAVER There are few things in the world that make me happier than Topps baseball cards from the 1960s and 1970s. They don’t try to be anything more than what they actually are. The simple is what makes them great. A fantasy of mine is to go back in time to open a pack of these cards once more. But no matter how much we sometimes wish, it’ll never...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Sometimes There IS Crying in Baseball

I looked up at my parents. My mom gripped my dad’s arm, patting his back lovingly. My dad stood, gazing down, dabbing his eyes. My family made the somber journey to the cemetery on Long Island a few times during the year, usually around the Jewish holidays and always on Father’s Day. I followed my father’s sight-line, reading the inscription on the marble gravestones. I had...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Lack Of Offense Is Nothing New To The Mets

At the risk of sounding facile and trite, the New York Mets have been…well…amazin’ so far this season. In a season that’s 74 days old as this is written, they’ve been in first place 49 of them. Anyone who thought that would happen before the season started, raise your hand and be called a liar. They’ve had a spate of “comeback” wins of late, including two inspiring...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Nelson Doubleday And The Dreams Of A Child

1979 was the year that formed me as a Mets fan. Sure, I went to my first game at the age of 5. I actually have memories of Tom Seaver pitching against the Reds while sitting in the loge section. But it was 1979 that hooked me. Keep in mind that this was the season after the Yankees won two titles, and almost everybody in my class was wearing Yankee hats. But as I look back I realized...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Midnight Massacre

Not since 1957, when the Dodgers and the Giants vacated Brooklyn and Manhattan, respectively, had baseball in New York City suffered an emotional blow equivalent to the impact on June 15, 1977, when the New York Mets committed an unpardonable sin in the eyes of the Flushing faithful by trading Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds. The Midnight Massacre. Seaver in another team...
Via The Sports Post
14 days ago  |  Discuss

June 15, 1977: A Day That Will Live In Mets Infamy

There are certain dates in our nation’s history when Americans remember exactly where they were and what they were doing. One day that stands out for Mets fans is June 15, 1977. That is a day in our history which will live in infamy. Tom Seaver, the face of the franchise, the heart and soul of the franchise, The Franchise, was traded away–no, was discarded–by the team he loved...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 1974 Tom Seaver

1974 TOPPS STAMPS TOM SEAVER So many magical mysteries, in the immortal words of Ass Dan… And this one ranks right up there with, “Who is Brazil?” and “Are children small or just far away?” Topps issued a set of 240 stamps in 1974, containing ten players from each of the 24 teams of the day. This was a relatively deep checklist for a supplemental issue, so coverage extended...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–1985 Edition: May 30

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Royals’ World Series title, Pine Tar Press presents a day-by-day look at the 1985 season. Check Pine Tar Press every day for a new edition of This Date In Royals History. Tom Seaver continued his march towards 300 career victories as the White Sox squeaked by the […]
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May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–1985 Edition: May 25

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Royals’ World Series title, Pine Tar Press presents a day-by-day look at the 1985 season. Check Pine Tar Press every day for a new edition of This Date In Royals History. Charlie Leibrandt outdueled future Hall-of-Famer Tom Seaver, and the Royals won their fourth straight with a […]
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May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

No Time Like The Present To Honor Our Past

Ready? Set? Go!!! Quick. Name FIVE San Diego Padres to have their number retired. A few weeks back I needed to get recharged and drove one hour north of Las Vegas to Valley of Fire State Park. One of the many things to see amongst the 42,000 acres of red sandstone formations, shifting sand dunes and dinosaur fossils is Atlatl Rock. I climbed the stairs and took in the ancient petroglyphs...
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May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Santana to Harvey: New York’s Past and Present

From Tom Seaver, to Jerry Koosman, to Dwight Gooden, the New York Mets have had their fair share of talented pitchers. But up until a few years ago, none of them had ever managed to go an entire game without allowing a hit. This came to an end on June 1, 2012, when Johan Santana threw a no-hitter for the Mets against the St. Louis Cardinals. He accomplished something Doc, Kooz...
Via The Sports Post
May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Third time's a charm: Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden - and Matt Harvey?

The Mets' 11-game winning streak has brought up memories of two other seasons in which they had such a streak - 1969 and 1986.  But it's still hard to compare the 2015 Mets with the legends of the past.  The Mets' 13-3 record ties the '86 Mets for the best Mets start ever.  But when the '86 Mets beat Atlanta on April 30, 1986 to reach 13-3, here was their lineup, along with their...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

MMO Feature: Tom Seaver’s 19 Strikeout Classic Turns 45

On this day in Mets history, 45 years ago, Hall of Famer Tom Seaver tossed his 19-strikeout gem against the San Diego Padres and set the major league record with 10 straight strikeouts to end the game. It happened on April 22, 1970 and our own Stephen Hanks was there. Here is an article he wrote back in 2010 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of one of the greatest moments in Mets...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

MMO Hall of Fame: Left Fielder Cleon Jones Was Always At Center Of Things

When he removed his Mets uniform for the final time he was our all-time leader in hits, runs, RBI’s, doubles and 2nd in batting average. There was no fanfare, no celebration of his achievements, no day honoring his accomplishments after a decade of playing in New York.  Instead, he lumbered away, head down, disgraced, a beaten man. He’s one of very few Mets who can call himself...
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April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Today In Mets History: Seaver Wins Behind Kingman, Torre

On this date in 1975, backed by Dave Kingman’s first homer as a Met and Joe Torre’s RBI single, Tom Seaver out-dueled Steve Carlton to defeat Philadelphia, 2-1, on Opening Day at Shea Stadium. SEAVER: Beats Carlton in classic. Felix Milan lead off the ninth with a single to right, moved to second on a walk to John Milner and scored on Torre’s single to left. You know about...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Amazin’ Memories: Steve Henderson Delivered Some Thrills for the Mets

Steve Henderson came to the Mets with the burden of being one of the key players coming over from the Reds in the 1977 Tom Seaver trade. In addition, since the Mets had just traded Dave Kingman to San Diego, Henderson was expected to eventually replace him in the middle of the Mets’ lineup. This was an awful lot of pressure for a kid who had never spent a day in the major leagues...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 1977-79 Sportscaster

1977-79 SPORTSCASTER RUNDOWN Sometimes you just have to go down the rabbit hole… This particular quest started innocently enough. I was searching for oddball Mets cards and I came across a late ’70s Sportscaster card titled “Rundown.” Now, if you were a sentient being during the days of Jimmy Carter and disco, you will be at least passingly familiar with Sportscaster cards...
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Perhaps History Played A Role In Mets Offseason Inactivity

On December 10, 1971, the Mets sent pitching prospect Nolan Ryan to the Los Angeles Angels for third baseman Jim Fregosi. At the time, the deal seemed reasonable. Fregosi had been an All-Star for six of the past seven seasons and was widely regarded as one of the better third basemen in baseball. Meanwhile, the Mets already had a rotation chock full of talent highlighted by Tom Seaver...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

If I Blogged In 1972 …

All right look, I know. Tom Seaver can’t win ‘em all. But this 2-0 loss exposed some flaws in this team that will hurt them long term. First off, their lefty lineup is atrocious, and now its made worse as Jim Beauchamp pulled up lame in the fourth forcing Ed Kranepool to come in and have to face Claude Osteen. (Beauchamp should be out until about August.) Later, in an attempt...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Reinventing the Mets: 1969

The Mets had become contenders in 1968. With what was, statistically, the best pitching staff in the National League, combined with an elite slugger in Dick Allen, surrounded by a group of quality hitters and solid defenders, along with a versatile and productive bench, the Mets had finally risen to the status of being a threat in the National League. Going into 1969, the Mets brain...
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets’ Numbers To Be Retired; Don’t Forget Kranepool

Well Adam, since you asked, yes I have several Mets in mind, including an iconic figure who often gets lost in the franchise’s lore, who should have their numbers retired. In his daily “Morning Briefing’’ column ESPN’s Adam Rubin proposed the question what Mets should have their uniform number retired. His piece came on the heels of an article written by The New York Post’s...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Tom Seaver, Yusmeiro Petit, Hunter Strickland and Deception

“Tom Seaver, he had the whole package. Power, deception, command, everything,” said Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti last week before FanFest. We’d been talking about tipping pitches, and deception, but any time you hear about an icon in the same sentence as Yusmeiro Petit, you put down your recording device and start looking at some […]
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

A Mets Owner For The Ages

Mrs. Payson spearheaded the return of National League baseball to New York. The Mets posted on Twitter this morning, that on this date in 1903, Mets co-founder and the first female owner in Major League Baseball, Joan Whitney Payson, was born. One SNY feature, the only one I consider to be worth watching, is Mets Yearbook. In one particular episode, the year was 1963, they showed...
Via Mets Merized Online
February 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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