In 2006, Topps produced a five-card set for Hyundai to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1986 New York Mets World Series championship. Until I added these two baseball cards to my collection, I had never seen or heard of the set so I don’t know how it was originally distributed.
The person I bought them from said that Dwight Gooden, Lee Mazzilli and Davey Johnson were the others featured in the set. Odd not to see Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter, but nice to see some others who don’t often get recognition when the 1986 team is remembered.
MAB Celebrity Services is holding another autograph show this weekend at the Fairfield Crowne Plaza. “Return To Glory” celebrates the 35th anniversary of the New York Yankees’ 1977 World Series title, but a few of the guests will still interest Mets fans.
On Saturday, Willie Randolph($49-75), Mike Torrez ($22), Shane Spencer (one free with admission, $10 each additional), and Fran Healy ($35) are scheduled to sign autographs. Darryl Strawberry ($39) and Ralph Terry ($30) are scheduled to sign on Sunday.
On the final Saturday of the season the Mets swept a doubleheader from the Philadelphia Philies, sending the National League East champs on to an eight game losing streak. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the mostly-meaningless games.
R.A. Dickey set the mood by taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning in game one. I should really know better, but I really believed that he might be able to do what no Mets pitcher had before. I’d already seen him pitch an “imperfect” game for the Buffalo Bisons, when he retired 27 batters in a row after giving up a leadoff hit.
Even Dickey thought he had no-hitter stuff yesterday: “I had the type of knuckleball today where I thought I might have a chance,” the Mets pitcher said, as reported by the Bergen Record.
He looked visibly upset after losing the no-hitter and the shutout, something I don’t remember ever seeing before from the usually unflappable pitcher. But Valentino Pascucci hit his first major league home run since 2004 to get Dickey off the hook for the loss, and David Wright drove in Ruben Tejada to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Even more amazing, the bullpen hung on to the lead.
Wednesday night marked the opening ofDarryl Strawberry’s Sports Grill in Douglaston, a short cry from the stadium where he built his legend. Situated next to the LIRR stop in Douglaston, the establishment is easily accessible via public transportation and both the Long Island Expressway and Grand Central Parkway. Partnered with Eytan Sugarman who owns Southern Hospitality BBQ with Justin Timberlake, the two have created an enclave in Queens where families and baseball fans can enjoy great food and New York baseball memorabilia. Omnipresent when you enter are Strawberry’s locker from Shea Stadium and two adjacent stadium seats from the former Mets home.
It’s nice to know that at least one of the significant Shea Stadium lockers found a suitable home… as nice as the Mets Hall of Fame is, I can’t help thinking it should have Tom Seaver’s old locker.
On Sunday, the Mets will honor four key members of their last World Championship team: pitcher Dwight Gooden, outfielder Darryl Strawberry, manager Davey Johnson and general manager Frank Cashen.
Amazingly, tickets for the game are not sold out. As of yesterday afternoon, seats were still available in the Promenade Reserved and Promenade Reserved Infield sections as well as the pricier field level ones. There were also close to 1,500 tickets on StubHub.
Didn’t we want the Mets to pay more attention to team history? We have a funny way of showing it.