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Marcum won’t go 0-for-the-season

Shaun Marcum's 2013 Bowman baseball card
Shaun Marcum’s 2013 Bowman baseball card

Anthony Young‘s record 0-13 start is safe; Shaun Marcum finally earned his first victory as a Met tonight.  Now Marcum (1-9) can try to catch up with Cole Hamels (2-11 as I write this.)

The Mets offense had to take advantage of some shoddy Chicago White Sox defense to score their runs, and the Mets’ defense made Marcum look better than he really was, but the important thing is that the Mets actually impressed for most of the night. For a while, I had completely stopped looking for that to happen. Yay, progress.

Meanwhile, things seem to be falling apart over in the Bronx.

Yeah, the Yankees shouldn’t matter to me. And mostly, they don’t — but after watching them be the more popular and more successful team for over a decade, I am enjoying watching Cashman find ways to manufacture problems when he already has more than enough unavoidable ones.

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20th season items highlight Trenton Thunder promo schedule

The Trenton Thunder are celebrating their 20th season in 2013, with a special event planned for the anniversary of their first game in Trenton on May 9th.

Joba Chamberlain returned to Trenton for a rehab assignment in 2012; this year, the team is giving away a Joba Chamberlain bobblehead on August 23rd (Photo credit: Bart Miller)
Joba Chamberlain returned to Trenton for a rehab assignment in 2012; this year, the team is giving away a Joba Chamberlain bobblehead on August 23rd (Photo credit: Bart Miller)

There will be many 20th season-themed giveaways throughout the year, including  t-shirts (April 26th), mini-bats (April 28th – kids only), pennants (May 17th), and banners (July 23rd).

Bobbleheads are always popular, and the Thunder are reaching back into their past for some of this year’s giveaways:  Kevin Youkilis (May 10th),  Chase (July 5th), Robinson Cano (July 19th), Nomar Garciaparra (mini bobblehead on August 9th) and Joba Chamberlian (August 23rd).

My favorites are baseball cards, and the Thunder are giving away two sets this year:  the regular team card sets on June 21st and all-time Thunder team card sets on August 3rd.

MLB Network is bringing former Cincinnati Reds star Sean Casey to Arm & Hammer Park on May 28th to sign autographs and meet fans; New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford will meet fans and sign autographs on June 12th courtesy of Steiner Sports.

There will be various other giveaways throughout the season, plus frequent fireworks nights.

I’m hoping to go for the baseball card giveaways and to see Steve Weatherford… let’s see how things work out. Which promotions are you most interested in?

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Throwback Thursday: 2012 Trenton rehab appearances

In July, two former Trenton Thunder pitchers returned to Mercer County Waterfront Park to make rehab appearances.

On July 28, Chien-Ming Wang, playing for the Harrisburg Senators, started a game against the Thunder. The next day, Joba Chamberlain made a relief appearance for Trenton.

I went to the Saturday game and posted my pictures from it back in July. My friend Bart went to the Sunday game and gave me copies of a few of the photos he took.

Chamberlain spent a long time signing autographs for fans before the game, and Wang signed autographs for fans and collectors outside the ballpark. Bart had more luck on that front than I did – Chamberlain wasn’t at the ballpark the day I went and Wang didn’t sign before he pitched.