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Minutiae Break: First of Many

The walk-off win on Sunday was the 340th in Mets history and the 10th this season...oh, wait a minute...they didn't win, did they? It's gotten to the point where it's become expected and I guess that's a good thing. This week, the Mets will attempt to become the first team to win in walk-off fashion on the road. In the meantime, since I started writing, here's some Mets Minutiae you might appreciate.

* The home run by Lastings Milledge was the 1st of his career, the team's 74th of the season and the 5,447th in Mets history.

* Milledge is 754 home runs behind Hank Aaron for most all-time. Aaron's first major-league home run came on April 23, 1954 against Vic Raschi.

* Milledge has as many career home runs as Esix Snead and Craig Brazell, each of whose only home run was a Mets walk-off home run. He's 67 behind Steve Henderson, whose first home run was a pinch-hit walk-off home run for the Mets on May 21, 1977.

* Milledge has as many home runs as pitcher Jack Hamilton, who along with Jose Reyes are the only Mets whose first major-league home run was a grand slam.

* Milledge is 2 home runs behind Walt Terrell, whose first home run came on August 6, 1983 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Terrell hit another later that day, making him the only Mets pitcher to homer twice in a game. Terrell is also the pitcher who gave up Mark McGwire's first major-league home run.

* Milledge is 6 home runs behind Bud Harrelson, who never hit more than 1 in a season. Harrelson's first came on August 17, 1967, in the 8th inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Pirates. It was a looping fly ball, just inside the right field line that Pirates rightfielder Al Luplow thought landed foul. When the umpire ruled it fair, Luplow went ballistic and Harrelson had himself an inside-the-park go-ahead shot (Source: This Date in Mets History)

* Milledge is 17 home runs behind Mike Jacobs, the last Met to homer in his first major league at-bat. Others to do that: Kaz Matsui, Mike Fitzgerald and Benny Ayala.

* Milledge is 11 home runs behind Endy Chavez, 68 home runs behind Paul Lo Duca and 207 home runs behind Cliff Floyd. Each of those three hit their first home run against the Mets.

* Milledge is 53 home runs behind his manager Willie Randolph, whose first home run came against Hall of Famer Jim Palmer and the Orioles on April 13, 1976.

* Milledge is 334 home runs behind Darryl Strawberry and 251 home runs behind Strawberry for most in Mets history. Strawberry's first came in a Mets win over the Pirates on May 16, 1983.

True Metruns know...Unless someone wants to tell me otherwise, Milledge has one more major-league home run than all the readers of today's blog entry.


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