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Showing posts from May 6, 2007

Milwaukee's Finest

In the history of the Metropolitan franchise only one player has suited up for the team who was born in Milwaukee. That would be sprite-sized (as described by the New York Times) second baseman Jason Hardtke. The name was pronounced "Hard-Key" and that was the key to his game, playing hard, because otherwise, he wasn't going to play much at all. He's listed at 5-10, 175, but my guess is that sprite-sized players aren't quite that big, so that may be an exaggeration. By my recollection, Hardtke was a middle-class man's Kelvin Chapman, though Chapman's 172 games with the Amazins' dwarf Hardtke's 49. He was a decent player, who tried hard and deserved to be on the team, but since he wasn't flashy and didn't excel at any particular trait, the team decided he wasn't worth as much of a shot as someone else. I found a Virginian Pilot story from 1996 referencing how Hardtke grew up in San Jose (he moved from Wisconsin at a young age). He and

Loaded for Bare

So my alma mater and the Mets share the common bond of coming through with the bases loaded. You know about the latter (David Wright now 17-for-34 in his career with the bags full), so I shall briefly inform you about the former. For the second straight season, The College of New Jersey baseball team won its league (New Jersey Athletic Conference, Division III) tournament in walk-off fashion. Last year's triumph came via a walk-off grand slam. This year's came via a walk-off walk. So I send belated congratulations to them on their accomplishment from earlier this week. We also send sympathies to Kean, the team the alma mater beat. We know what its like to lose a championship on a walk-off walk and we share in your pain. For those curious, the Mets have had 5 walk-off grand slams and 15 walk-off walks. True Metscuts know... I don't know how many bald Mets have ever had a walk-off RBI and don't have the time to take a guess (working on some projects for next week). But I

The Best Games I Know: Giants

The fourth installment of our series, "The Best Games I Know," celebrating the greatest wins in Mets history. This one covers the Giants. I cheated a little bit here, in order to fit more games on the list, by grouping selected games together under a common theme. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section #10 (April 23 , 24 , 25 , 1965) Hope Springs Eternal The good feelings that came with the start of the 1965 baseball season lasted two weeks longer than any Mets season previous. In other words, they lasted for two weeks. The reason for that was the way the Mets performed in winning three of four games against a San Francisco squad that feel just short of the pennant. The manner in which they won- triumphs of 9-8, 7-6 and 4-3 rivaled anything that the club has already done in its extraordinary early 2007 triumphs. The 9-8 victory required a comeback from 6 runs down against future Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, including a 4-run rally in the 9th. The 7-6 win re