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Three things you should know about Chris Woodward

Woodward was a 54th round draft choice by Toronto in 1994 and survived hitting .232 and .224 in his first two minor league seasons.

He hit three home runs in a game against Seattle on August 7, 2002

Earlier this season, Willie Randolph described him as "studious" in talking about how Woodward has learned to play the outfield and first base. That's not a word often-used to describe baseball players.

Three things you should know about walk-off # 325

The only other Chris to hit a walk-off home run for the Mets (or get any type of walk-off hit) was Chris Jones

The only other Mets walk-off to end with a 3-1 score came on September 17, 2002 against the Cubs, on a walk-off home run by Jeromy Burnitz.

The Mets have had 5 walk-off two-run home runs against the Padres, but only one walk-off solo home run, and only one walk-off three-run home run. The only other team against whom they have five walk-off two-run home runs is the Pirates.


Good timing by the Newark Star Ledger on Tuesday, running this piece

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