(If today’s social media forums were around in 1972, I wonder what the reaction would have been to trading a talented home-grown pitcher who was born in Flushing for an aging superstar.)
Williams continued to receive autograph requests in the mail right up until the end of his life, his brother-in-law told New York Times reporter Patrick McGeehan. “It was a regular thing for a long time,” he said. “People would want to complete their collections.”
(Interesting enough, SportsCollectors.Net shows collectors who wrote to Williams and recorded their results had an 0-for-16 success rate over the years.)
“A big Saturday afternoon crowd of 48,000 filled up Shea Stadium to first witness an Old Timers Day classic between former Brooklyn Dodgers & AL New York Players vs former New York Mets from the sixties.”
I have not added any new Mets autographs to my collection lately, though I will be able to add the card Andrew Brown signed for me via mail during spring training to my Mets binder now. But I have picked up a few more signed cards at various non-major league games. One of the highlights was getting Adam Greenberg to sign his 2013 Topps baseball card last week.
And I had fun in Trenton last weekend watching the Portland Sea Dogs beat the Trenton Thunder with my friend Bart. I’d have to double check my scorecards, but I think it was the first time I ever saw the Sea Dogs win.
The 2012 Major League Baseball season got underway this morning, as the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics started playing in Japan while I was still sleeping.
The New York Mets remain in Florida, stumbling through the Grapefruit League schedule to a record of 6-15-2 with eight games remaining. Spring records are never very meaningful, but the Mets’ poor showing in March can’t be helping ticket sales. (If you’re still looking for Opening Day tickets, the Mets are putting another batch of them on sale today at 10 a.m.)
And I’m just not feeling the excitement about Mets baseball today.
I’ll be at Citi Field a week from tomorrow, and I’m sure the pre-game ceremonies will be classy and touching. With luck, Johan Santana will earn a win and Ike Davis and Lucas Duda will both hit home runs.
But for now, I’m not all that interested in talking about the 2012 Mets.
(Mets baseball card of the moment: Willie Mays‘ only solo card produced during his playing career that shows him as a New York Met is from the 1973 Topps set.)
Thanks to a rain delay that held up the start of the game for more than two hours, I was home in time to see the last few innings. When I turned on SNY, Chris Capuano was already out of the game, the Mets were down 4-1 and Nick Evans was hitting into an inning-ending double play. I thought about flipping the channel, but I changed my mind because there are only six more Mets games left before the start of winter.
It got worse before it got better; Josh Stinson and Daniel Ray Herrera combined to put the Mets in a 6-1 hole. I kept watching anyway, because you never know what might happen.