Monthly Archives: February 2011

Center Fielder Angel Pagan Hitting Home Run

Baseball stuff is happening!

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#15 – David Cone: Base of the Pyramid

Opening Day 2011 will be the 50th Opening Day in Mets history. To honor that, around here we’ll be counting down the top 50 Mets in team history, one every weekday from now until we’ve done ‘em all. Today, #15, David Cone: Continue reading

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Jody Gerut Retires

Outfielder Jody Gerut, who had been in camp with the Seattle Mariners, announced his retirement from baseball today and thus officially began his second career as a Mets trivia answer.

As you probably recall, Gerut, then a member of the San Diego Padres, was the first batter in Citi Field history back in April of 2009. Drilling Mike Pelfrey’s third pitch of the game into the right field foul pole — causing a man behind me to exclaim, “Oh, you’ve gotta be [expletive] kidding me.” — Gerut will forever have the first hit, home run, run, and RBI in the history of Citi Field.

In retrospect, that home run marked the moment the Omar Minaya Mets went from promising-if-disappointing to the unmitigated napalmfest that is still smoking. Pelfrey would later fall down on the mound in the same game, Pedro Feliciano would balk in the winning run, and 2009 was on. But it was Jody Gerut who foreshadowed it all.

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Going to Florida

Hey y’all. I’m happy to report that I’ll be heading down to Florida one week from today. I’ll be hanging around at spring training for about a week, doing stuff, going to games, getting my pasty self severely sunburned, and what have you. So that should be interesting. Big thanks to family friends Gerrianne and Ted for giving me a place to stay down there.

I would say look forward to “X,” but I have no idea how stuff is going to work down there. So just look forward to spring training stuff, I guess.

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David Wright Talks About His Fielding

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#16 – John Stearns: Bad Dude

Opening Day 2011 will be the 50th Opening Day in Mets history. To honor that, around here we’ll be counting down the top 50 Mets in team history, one every weekday from now until we’ve done ‘em all. Today, #16, John Stearns: Continue reading

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#17 – Bud Harrelson: Derrel McKinley Harrelson

Opening Day 2011 will be the 50th Opening Day in Mets history. To honor that, around here we’ll be counting down the top 50 Mets in team history, one every weekday from now until we’ve done ‘em all. Today, #17, Bud Harrelson: Continue reading

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