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About Last Night: Braves Sweep Mets; St. Lucie Wins Division Title

The New York Mets had a chance to affect a playoff race last night. Atlanta had been swept by the Philadelphia Phillies this week; if the Mets had sent the Braves on to St. Louis with a couple more losses, the Cardinals would have had a chance to climb back into the wild card race.

It was not to be.

Chris Schwinden made his major league debut in game one of yesterday’s doubleheader, but it was not an especially impressive one. He allowed three runs in the first inning. Then after Jason Bay hit a grand slam to get him off the hook, Schwinden gave up two more runs. He became the first Mets pitcher to get tagged with a loss in his major league debut since Aaron Heilman in 2003.

The Mets dropped game two as well. Dillon Gee pitched better than he has recently, but the game only served to show how big the talent gap is between the Mets and the top teams in the National League East.

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Nightly Newsstand: April 30, 2011

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Photo credit: ShardsOfBlue

Steve Keane of The Eddie Kranepool Society is running out of patience with Mike Pelfrey, as are many Mets fans. Whether it’s a trip to Buffalo, a trip to a new sports psychologist or a new game plan from Dan Warthen, I hope something can be done soon to help him start pitching like a major leaguer again. I don’t want to watch any more games like last night.

At his Mets Minor League Blog, Toby Hyde takes a look at the early-season struggles of the Binghamton Mets and Wally Backman’s response. It doesn’t really seem like the Mets would have been better off with Wally than Terry – it’s the talent on the field that matters, not the guy filling out the lineup card.

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Still haven’t found any Topps Heritage cards

I had to pick up a few things at Target, so I stopped in the card aisle. Still no Topps Heritage cards.

Instead, I bought a couple more packs of Opening Day. I only got one Met, but it was the one Opening Day card I really wanted:

2011 Topps Opening Day Mr. Met

Not bad, not bad at all.

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Newark Bears Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Photo credit: Erik Fitzpatrick

The Newark Bears celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at the West Hudson parade on Sunday, and they’ve posted some photos on their Facebook page. It looks like everybody had a good time & Ruppert finally got himself a new jersey ūüôā

If you want to be Ruppert (or Effa) for the 2011 season, the Bears are holding auditions on Saturday afternoon at Bears & Eagles Stadium.¬†If you don’t want to wear a fuzzy mascot suit, you can also¬†audition¬†to sing the national anthem on Saturday.

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You mean this isn’t an early April Fool’s joke?

When I saw Baseball Digest’s report about the Richmond Flying Squirrels’ new mascot, I thought it was an April Fool’s joke.

The Richmond Flying Squirrels (Class AA; Eastern League) unveiled their new acorn-inspired mascot Zinger, as the inflatable acorn will join the face of the franchise, Nutzy, in all aspects of fan entertainment and community involvement going forward.

A quick trip to the Squirrels’ website proved that the new mascot is real.

I can’t quite decide if I think making someone dress up in an inflatable acorn suit is

  • funny
  • stupid or
  • cruel & unusual punishment.

What do you think of Zinger? (be sure to click the links and check out the pictures before you answer)