I’m hoping that Chavez can get back to the Major Leagues, and failing that, at least play well enough that he can feel like he’s walking away from the game on his own terms… whether that happens this year or two or three seasons from now.
And I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get my photo of The Catch signed by Chavez at some point this season.
MAB Celebrity Services invites you to spend “A Glorious Day with the Amazin’s” on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Crowne Plaza Fairfield in Fairfield, New Jersey.
Twenty-two current and former New York Mets will be guests at the autograph show, including members of four of the five Mets teams that played in the World Series.
Highlights of the show include appearances by Travis d’Arnaud, Endy Chavez, Billy Wagner, Sid Fernandez, Dwight Gooden, Mookie Wilson and Jon Matlack, as well as non-Mets guests Ozzie Smith, Whitey Ford, Don Mattingly and Bill Buckner.
A few weeks ago, I finally had the chance to wander around Citi Field before a Mets vs. Phillies game. My first stop was the Mets Museum.
I was initially disappointed that there seemed to be less “stuff” on display than in previous years, but I think the 2015 setup actually represents the best balance between the different eras of Mets history that they’ve had since it opened.
You’ve got Ed Kranepool’s contract from 1973 on display along with one of Rusty Staub‘s bats, one of Darryl Strawberry‘s batting helmets, Mike Hampton‘s 2000 World Series cap, Endy Chavez‘s jersey from the 2006 NLCS game that made him famous and Juan Lagares‘ Gold Glove Award.
While it would be nice to see more of an effort to use the artifacts to illustrate a timeline of Mets history, I can see why the staff members don’t bother. The items are almost all on loan from collectors (or sometimes the players themselves) and will only be on display for one year.
I recommend a visit the next time you are at Citi Field.
Staten Island native Jack Egbert, who played college baseball for Rutgers University, is the 35th player to appear on the New York Mets active roster this season. The Mets selected his contract from the Buffalo Bisons on Friday after they optioned Robert Carson back to the Binghamton Mets.
Egbert had a 2-3 record with a 2.08 ERA in 17 appearances (including one start) for the Bisons this year. He walked five while striking out 17 in 26 innings. He has allowed one home run and has held opposing batters to a .234 average against him. (For more about Egbert, check out this ESPN New York article.)
Should the 29-year-old right-hander make it into a game for the New York Mets, he would become the 930th player in the team’s history. And then I’d be able to add this signed 2008 Donruss Elite Extra Edition card to my Mets autograph collection.
This week, I’ve also added a few other autographed cards to my collection this week, removing three names from the list of players I was missing and “upgrading” a fourth player to a signed Mets card.
The playoffs get underway today, and since my team didn’t make it I have to find someone else to root for… again.
The first series pits the Tampa Bay Rays against the Texas Rangers, two teams I rarely have cause to think about during the regular season. Texas has former Mets Endy Chavez, Darren Oliver and Darren O’Day, so I guess I’ll root for them… even though the networks have consigned the series to the awkward mid-afternoon slot that means I’ll miss a good chunk of the games.
Prime time brings us the Detroit Tigers vs. the New York Yankees, and I think everybody knows who I’ll be rooting for in this series. It’s nearly impossible to root for a team to win its 28th championship unless you’re actually one of their fans. The ex-Met factor is nearly a wash: Detroit has Omir Santos, while the Yankees have Raul Valdes… and I don’t think either will be anywhere near a playoff roster. (The Yankees also have Luis Ayala, but I wasn’t even very fond of him when he was a Met.)
The National League series don’t start until tomorrow, so I’ll wait until then to worry about them.