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Something Old, Something New...

The something old is a welcome back for Cubs outfielder Cliff Floyd and isn't it funny how you return as your replacement in left field heads for the disabled list.

Some may choose to dwell on Floyd's last AB as a Met, but while I've voiced my dismay at one of the batters in the 9th inning of Game 7 of the NLCS, I had no issue with Floyd's turn. The Mets did the right thing, in my opinion, by not bunting in that spot, going for something bigger and better because Floyd had previously proven that he could deliver in such situations.

The one I'm referring to is that which took place on June 11, 2005, an amazing conclusion to the Mets-Angels game that night, in which Floyd capped the evening with a three-run walk-off home run to beat the Angels. The game took place during the first week of this blogs existence, and I heartily recommend you reading my recap as an appropriate tribute to Floyd.

The something new is the debut of Carlos Gomez, one that was quite historic by minutiae standards.

* He was the 19th Met to get 2 hits in his MLB debut, the first since Kaz Matsui in 2004.
* He was the 15th Met to double in his MLB debut, the first since Lastings Milledge in 2006.
* He was the 10th Met to score 2 runs in his MLB debut, the first since Jose Reyes in 2003.
* He was the 7th Met to steal a base in his MLB debut, the first since Preston Wilson in 1998.

But when you add that all together, you get this piece of trivia...

Carlos Gomez is the first Met with at least two hits, at least one double, at least two runs scored, and at least one stolen base in his Mets debut.

Or, perhaps the "Cliff's Notes" version of that informationis more appropo for this day:

Carlos Gomez showed he belonged on the same field as Cliff Floyd.

True Metoyds know...Cliff Floyd's other walk-off hit for the Mets was a single against the Cardinals, on May 18, 2004, at approximately the same moment that Randy Johnson was completing a perfect game against the Braves.


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