This week’s featured Mets baseball card is really a sticker, a promo for Topps’ MLB Wacky Packages product that’s coming out in March. It’s part of my collection thanks to one of my blog readers, but I’m really not sure what to say about the “N.Y. Deli Meat Mitts.” (John also sent along some other, more traditional baseball cards and I’m sure I will get to featuring some of them in the days ahead. All are much appreciated.)
I have to admit that I’m not really feeling the spring training vibe this year. Sure, it was fun when camps officially opened a couple of weeks ago. But since then, all we’ve had to focus on are stories about Yoenis Cespedes‘ car collection, the new slide rule, and a whole bunch of other stuff that doesn’t seem very interesting.
Maybe Friday’s first Mets spring training game telecast will rekindle some of my enthusiasm. (It probably will for the first few innings… until the field is invaded by players wearing football numbers and identified in on-screen graphics as “minor league guy.”)
But I don’t think I’ll really be excited about baseball season until Sunday night, April 3rd, when the Mets play their first game that counts.
Former Mets closer Bobby Parnell has agreed to sign a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers organization, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.
Parnell will have a chance to compete for a role in the Tigers’ major league bullpen this spring. After missing nearly all of the 2014 season following Tommy John surgery, Parnell returned to the major leagues last year with the Mets, but he lacked the fastball velocity and control that had made him successful earlier in his career.
Hopefully now two years removed from the surgery, Parnell will be further along in his recovery and better able to contribute at the major league level.
I really love the back page of the New York Post today.
Today was the first official day of spring training for the Mets, but that means even less than usual when most of the Mets players have been working out in Port St. Lucie for days already. Still, any sign that baseball season is on the way is welcome…Let’s go Mets!