During the final nine days of 2013, I’m going to revisit nine memorable baseball moments from the year.
Following an off-season of jokes – including some from the team’s GM – about the Mets’ outfield and cutesy spring training stories about Mets’ players with animal names, I wanted to see the Mets surprise everyone (including me) with a fast start.
On April Fool’s Day, I was sitting in Section 413 to watch the Mets beat the San Diego Padres by 11-2. Collin Cowgill, who had started off as a symbol of the disappointing off-season, put the game out of reach with his seventh inning grand slam and became a hero. He even earned a highlight baseball card from Topps, though it came out months after Cowgill’s time in New York had come to an end.
If Citi Field had had Collin Cowgill t-shirts on Opening Day, I would have bought one. Fortunately, they did not – otherwise, it would probably be hanging unworn next to my Omir Santos one.
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