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Get out those brooms (and umbrellas)

The New York Mets swept an abbreviated two-game series from the Philadelphia Phillies this week, but I think the bigger news is that the teams were able to play two out of three after Monday’s snow out.

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My view of Citi Field from the exit of the Mets-Willets Point subway station

My friend Vinny invited me to join him for Tuesday’s game, but I have to admit I had my doubts that it would be played. It rained most of the afternoon, and a light mist continued to fall through the night.

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Rusty Staub may be gone, but not forgotten. This banner outside the right field gate is one of a few places you’ll find Rusty Staub’s picture at Citi Field.

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Mets catcher takes scenic route to spring training

Mets’ catcher Travis d’Arnaud made his trip to spring training memorable this year. He and his traveling companions spent 9 days driving across the country in a 30-foot RV, d’Arnaud told Daily News writer Anthony McCarron.

“I thought waking up in the Grand Canyon on New Year’s Day and going out to see the sunrise on the Canyon was pretty great,” d’Arnaud told McCarron.

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Grand Canyon

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Spend "A Glorious Day with the Amazin's" on Sat., Nov. 14

Autographed 1988 Topps Dwight Gooden card from my collection
Autographed 1988 Topps Dwight Gooden card from my collection

MAB Celebrity Services invites you to spend “A Glorious Day with the Amazin’s” on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Crowne Plaza Fairfield in Fairfield, New Jersey.

Twenty-two current and former New York Mets will be guests at the autograph show, including members of four of the five Mets teams that played in the World Series.

Highlights of the show include appearances by Travis d’Arnaud, Endy Chavez, Billy Wagner, Sid Fernandez, Dwight Gooden, Mookie Wilson and Jon Matlack, as well as non-Mets guests Ozzie Smith, Whitey Ford, Don Mattingly and Bill Buckner.

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World Series eve baseball cards

We’ve got one more day before the World Series starts, and I got a package of Mets baseball cards from Twitch today.

So let’s take a look at some of the baseball cards of our 2015 National League Champions.

dwWe start off with a pair of shiny Captain David Wrights… the card on the left commemorates Wright’s performance in 2006… I hope there will be some more to celebrate this week.

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Binghamton Mets excel at baseball & signing autographs

I decided to forgo the chance to see if the Mets could put an end to Zack Greinke‘s scoreless innings streak yesterday (they did) so I could catch the last game of the Binghamton Mets’ only visit to Trenton this season.

Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud takes a lead off of first base during Sunday's game between the Binghamton Mets and Trenton Thunder. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud takes a lead off of first base during Sunday’s game between the Binghamton Mets and Trenton Thunder. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Binghamton Mets did not disappoint, defeating the Baby Bombers 8-0. I even got to see one real Mets player – catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who was playing the second game of a rehab assignment. He was super nice, signing autographs for almost 10 minutes inside the ballpark before the game. After the game, it seemed like at least 100 people were waiting to catch him before he got on the team bus back to Binghamton… and he signed autographs and posed for selfies with everyone who asked.

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Four random Mets baseball cards

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C-3PO is helping me show off a few baseball cards that arrived in my mailbox this Saturday. I finally wrapped up my 2015 Topps Series 1 Mets team set thanks to some help from Lonestarr, Phungo and a birthday gift from my friend Greg… now I just have to decide how much energy to put into chasing down the inserts for it.

I like the concept of the “This Date In History” cards, whatever their official name happens to be. And how can you go wrong with a Tom Seaver card?

Well, you can stick him on the front of a card commemorating a game that he didn’t pitch in, I guess. July 20th, 1969 is significant because it’s the day Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to land on the moon, and the Mets won the second game of a double header against the Montreal Expos on utility man Bobby Pfeil‘s bunt single. Don Cardwell started for the Mets, Jack DiLauro got credit for the victory, and Tug McGraw, Cal Koonce and Ron Taylor also pitched in relief… Seaver presumably watched from the dugout.

But it’s still a cool card, AJ, – it will get added to my Mets team set.

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