Normally when I sit at a game with Greg from Faith and Fear, I try to bring with me a couple of really challenging trivia questions. Friday night, I came, as the Giants did, with nothing. He hit me with a good one... What do the combination of Andre Dawson Gary Varsho Ryan Theriot have in common? I'll acknowledge being stumped at the trio's distinction, which I'll share momentarily, after allowing you to ponder for a few moments. When I woke up this morning and web-surfed a bit, I discovered that Angel Pagan had made himself part of a significant trio in Mets history. First Mets To Hit Leadoff HR in Home Ballpark Polo Grounds- Felix Mantilla (1962) Shea Stadium- Billy Cowan (1965) Citi Field- Angel Pagan (2009) It only took three home games for Mantilla to make the list, but it would take a bit longer for a Met to christen Shea with a leadoff home run. Cowan hit his on June 29, 1965, but it would be rendered insignificant by later long balls from Hank Aaron and Ed
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