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Dillon Gee takes the Mets to 7-3

Tug McGraw's 1968 Topps baseball card

The New York Mets continued their winning ways against Atlanta Monday night, beating them 6-1.

I didn’t get to watch the whole game, but I did see Ike Davis make Fredi Gonzalez look foolish for intentionally walking David Wright to get to him, and I saw Jason Bay make a nice catch to rob Jack Wilson of a home run. Dillon Gee appeared to do a good job mixing up his pitches, and the bullpen and defense didn’t hand the game back like they did on Sunday in Philadephia.

I don’t think anyone’s revising their post-season picks based on the first ten games of the season, but it sure is nice to see the Mets get off to a 7-3 start instead of the 3-7 one most of us were secretly (or not-so-secretly) dreading based on their off-season moves and poor spring record.

Today’s Mets card of the moment is from the 1968 Topps set, showing reliever Tug McGraw. Topps seems to have used a photo taken during McGraw’s rookie season in 1965, since the World’s Fair patch is clearly visible on his left sleeve. Another interesting note – McGraw did not pitch in a game for the Mets in 1968, though he did have a 9-9 record in 24 appearances for the Triple-A Jacksonville Suns.

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4 thoughts on “Dillon Gee takes the Mets to 7-3

  1. The Tugger features in one of my autograph hunting “One that Got Away” stories.

    It was summer of 2002, and I was at a Saturday Mets game at Shea with my wife and two (then) young kids. We stayed for the Dynamets Dash, and then were among the last to depart the field. We exited via the visiting bullpen, and walked toward the #7 train via the front of Shea. The plaza was mostly deserted, since the game had ended about an hour earlier.

    We passed the Mets Offices entrance, where a cordon of fans was waiting for any players or VIPs to exit. Continuing along, in the distance, we saw a foursome of adults walking slowly toward us. I recognized Tug McGraw; his girlfriend/wife; and an older couple, possibly her parents. They were all casually dressed in golf shirts, shorts, and the like. I took my 6-y.o. son off of my shoulders (to his dismay) and pulled my scorebook out of my backpack for Tug to sign.

    Tug looked nervous as he eyed me and my harmless-looking family. He seemed to swallow a big lump in his throat. “No, sorry,” he answered, eyeing the cordon of fans ahead of him. “Too many people ahead. They’ll see us.”

    I politely expressed disappointment, thanked him for 1969 and 1973, and let Tug and his entourage proceed. I believe Tug was there that day for a private Met alumni-only dinner, since the next day (Sunday) was a Mets 40th anniversary celebration. I never did get his autograph, and later wondered if his illness had already taken root by the time of our encounter. I wistfuly recalled this story in my mind when he died in January 2004.

    Thanks again for the memories, Tug!

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      1. Other polite, but firm in-person refusals to give autographs in my experience include: Dave Concepcion; Darren Oliver; Greg Luzinski; Rafael Landestoy; Lorinda DeRoulet; and Rachel Robinson. I harbor no ill will toward any of them, but still, as an autograph hunter, I occasionally contemplate them as “Ones that Got Away”.

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