Over the past four days, the New York Mets have started the 2012 season with a three-game winning streak and added six players to their all-time roster.
Andres Torres became the 918th player in Mets history on Opening Day. Batting leadoff and playing center field, Torres went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored before leaving the game with a re-aggravated calf strain in the seventh inning. He is currently on the disabled list.
I purchased this certified autograph card from the 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter set during the off-season.
A new week brings us that much closer to the start of baseball season.
Yesterday, most of the beat writers picked a player to profile for the Sunday sports sections. I enjoy reading these articles during spring training – particularly the ones that focus on something other than baseball – because really, how many times do you want to see “I’m in the best shape of my life” quotes?
(Not really related to anything, but it seems strange to me every time I see pictures of Familia in his #75 spring training jersey. It’s going to be a long time before I see a Mets pitcher wearing that number without flashing back to Francisco Rodriguez.)
My take? Economics and demographics suggest that Double-A baseball’s days are numbered in Binghamton, which is a shame. But for fans who only get to see the B-Mets when they visit Trenton, it’s not a story that’s worth paying that much attention to until facts start replacing the rumors and speculation.
One of the dealers at today’s card show had opened a box of Donruss Elite Extra Edition and had singles, so I picked up the Mets. I was able to finish the base team set, so I’m done with this product — I’m not a huge fan of Donruss’ MLB-unlicensed efforts. Although they scanned dark grey / black, the backgrounds of these cards are silver foil. Too much foil makes the set even less appealing to me.
Eric Beaulac was the Mets 9th round draft pick this year out of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. He began his professional career at Kingsport in the Appalachian League, where he made two starts and four relief appearances. He moved up to Savannah in the South Atlantic League and made six starts there. He also made a pair of relief appearances for the Brooklyn Cyclones in the New York Penn League. His overall totals for 2008: 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA. He struck out 60 in 48 innings pitched while giving up 38 hits and walking 26. He also made 8 wild pitches.