On Saturday, Oct. 25, Mets Hall of Famer Rusty Staub and current Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker highlight an autograph slate that also includes former Mets coach and manager Frank Howard, 1969 Mets catcher Jerry Grote, former Mets pitcher Frank Viola, and baseball Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Andre Dawson. Autograph fees range from $15 for Grote to $49 for Dawson. Howard will sign one item for free with paid admission to the show.
Sunday’s lineup includes five members of the 1986 Mets: Mookie Wilson, Doug Sisk, Rafael Santana, Danny Heep and Kevin Mitchell. Autograph fees are $25 per player, except for Sisk who will sign one free autograph with paid admission to the show.
On a team level, victory number 55 comes too late to matter very much – but we can still celebrate the personal milestone achieved by Colon.
Flores and den Dekker may not perform any better than Chris Young and Ruben Tejada, but it’s time to find out as much as we can about them. It’s better if they can succeed at the major league level, but if they fail, at least Sandy Aldersonwill should know not to count on them during his off-season planning.
Matsuzaka will get another start on Sunday, but I’ve excused myself from watching any games he pitches unless I have the misfortune to actually be at the ballpark.
I’m not looking forward to acquiring his autograph for my collection – I can’t imagine he’ll want to sign at the ballpark and he doesn’t sign through the mail very often, if at all. On the bright side, he has signed a fair number of certified autographs for the card companies over the years… too bad there are enough collectors seeking them to keep them fairly expensive.
Matt Den Dekkermade a highlight reel-worthy catch (at the 0:18 mark of this video) and had a five-hit game on Friday, then added another two hits on Sunday. On Monday, he received the Eastern League Player of the Week award and a promotion to Triple-A Buffalo. I’m sure we’ll see him in the major leagues in the future, though maybe not with the Mets – he’s another lefty hitter and at some point they’re going to have to start thinking about lineup balance.
Zack Wheeler didn’t pitch in this series, but he went down the stands signing autographs and talking to fans before the game, and spent another five or ten minutes signing autographs after the game before he got on the bus. Really, all of the Binghamton players were good about signing for the fans – but none of the others has gotten anywhere near the degree of hype that Wheeler has. (I can’t help but contrast him with recent Yankee prospects like Jesus Montero and Dellin Betances, who didn’t seem to want to pick up a pen – at least on days I was there.)
The question of whether the Mets should retire Carter’s number eight came up again. Last summer, I supported the idea. Today, I have to ask what purpose it would serve. The organization has had years to retire Carter’s number if those in charge wanted to, and I think Carter and his family have more important concerns now. Still, if a uniform number retirement would bring a measure of happiness to Carter or his family, let’s do it.
When I caught up with my friend Bart last week for our final Newark Bears game of the season, he gave me copies of a couple of photos that he took at Trenton during the Binghamton Mets final trip in for the season.