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St. Patrick's Day caps

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Major League Baseball and the Mets are hoping that you’ll buy a St. Patrick’s Day cap for your collection.

At $37.99, I think I can live without a cap that’s really only wearable one day out of the year. It does look nice, though.

MLB.com’s shop is promising that ‘special event item’ orders will ship by March 10th, so you may actually get your cap in time to wear it this year.

(And if you look around, you can find a promo code for free shipping today – some restrictions apply.)

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Trenton Thunder announce 2016 promo schedule

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Some Trenton Thunder players watch a game from the dugout in this file photo (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Trenton Thunder released some information about their 2016 promotional schedule today. Yankees fans will be looking forward to Luis Severino, Aaron Judge and Greg Bird bobblehead giveaways this season.

I’m not positive, but it looks like the annual baseball card team set giveaway might not be happening this year. Instead, there’s a Hometown Heroes card set giveaway scheduled for June 30th.

There’s a Star Wars Night on May 25th… and that’s really about it for things that might get me to make a special effort to go to a particular Trenton Thunder game this year.

For more information, check out the Trenton Thunder website.

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It's 1986 all over again on Sundays at Citi

The New York Mets announced today that they will be wearing 1986-style throwback jersesys in all of their Sunday home games this season to help mark the 30th anniversary of the popular World Championship team.

If you want to buy your own authentic jersey, I hope you’ve got a fair amount of cash and don’t mind looking a bit… doofy.

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With player name and number, authentic alts will set you back $332.99 plus shipping and any applicable tax from the MLB.com shop. They also have the new air belt feature, which is intended to make life better for baseball players who will be tucking their jerseys in, but it probably isn’t a look most fans are going to want to sport themselves.

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If that’s not your thing, there are also Cool Base versions of the jerseys which are a bit more affordable at $119.99 plus shipping and any applicable tax. But they’re missing the 25th anniversary sleeve patch and the front number.

I don’t expect either version of the new Mets’ alternate jersey to find its way into my closet. This is my favorite home jersey style, but if I’m spending that kind of money on a wardrobe item it needs to be something that can be worn for something more important than a trip to the ballpark.

 

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Mets Baseball Cards of the Week: 2016 Topps Series 1 team set

This year’s Topps flagship set has been out for a couple of weeks now, and I finally got my Mets team set delivered this weekend. This is the first time Topps hasn’t used borders in the main set, and I don’t really miss them.

I’m less of a fan of the “smoke” effect and other digital “enhancements” to the the photos, but there’s got to be somebody out there who likes the style decision. At least Topps started out with a strong selection of photos.

Player selection was also pretty good – 11 of 13 individual cards depict players who are still Mets. Michael Cuddyer‘s retirement was a surprise decision, and Jon Niese was traded over the winter.

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Of the 14 Mets cards, I think David Wright‘s is my favorite.

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Mets invite fans to spring training sendoff

649px_odflThe New York Mets and Old Dominion Freight Line are inviting fans to a spring training sendoff event at Citi Field on Monday, February 15th.

This will be “truck day,” the day when the team packs up the equipment truck for its drive to Port St. Lucie, Fla., which always seemed like a bigger deal as a symbol that spring was inching closer than something I actually needed to go see.

But there will be more to do at Monday’s event.

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