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Tying up some loose ends as I head to Shea Stadium on Saturday to celebrate the 31st anniversary of Joe Torre's managerial debut.

* The Mets Police has left a new comment on your post "Catchers Interference Minutiae":
Truly amazing. How do you come up with this stuff?!

For anyone else looking for catchers interference minutiae, or any other sort of minutiae for that matter, go to and click on "Play Index." It has a box score/play-by-play data search engine available for use for a small fee. Worth every penny.

*Chris D'Orso has left a new comment on your post "Catchers Interference Minutiae":
I believe those two catcher's interference calls were the only times Rich Becker reached base as a Met. I believe he struck out in every other plate appearance.(Or maybe it just seemed that way...)

It did just seem that way. Rich Becker had 19 hits, 21 walks, and a frightening 42 strikeouts in 100 AB for the 1998 Mets. He had a walk-off hit in the 13th inning of a 7-6 win over the Pirates on April 4, 1998.

* Stephen has left a new comment on your post "Tatis, Ta Ta":
At one point, John Maine entered the game for Delgado as a pinch runner (bottom of the 9th I think). Has the winning run in a Mets walkoff ever been scored by a pinch-running starting pitcher?

Yes!!! On May 9, 1963, the Mets beat the Phillies, 3-2, scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to win, and complete a sweep of their 3-game series. The Mets tied the game on a 2-run single by Tim Harkness, then won on it when pinch-running pitcher Al Jackson "raced gleefully home and slid unneccessarily across the plate," (so said Leonard Koppett) on a wild pitch by Johnny Klippstein, on an 0-2 count to pinch-hitter Cliff Cook (the Rich Becker of his era).

Stephen's comment inspired me to add another detail to my database: "Winning run scored by..." However, I'm having an issue. On a multi-run game-winning HR that wins the game by more than one run, the winning run is technically scored by one of the baserunners, rather than the home run hitter, and I find that to be a little awkward. I have about 20 years to go, as far as entering the data, so I hope to incorporate some walk-off run scoring minutiae in the near-future.

* Gary Cohen, in the first inning of Friday's broadcast made a comment to the effect of: "Who knew that Joe Torre was going to be such a great manager?

I'll tell you who. The person who uttered this quote, which ran in the June 1, New York Times.

"The man respects me and I respect him. It's the start of another outstanding career for him. I think he'll be an excellent manager."

The quoted one happened to be Tom Seaver.

The Joe Torre era, by the way, consisted of 29 Mets walk-off wins.

* Jose Reyes reached base for the 30th straight game.
It was noted that he's 3 shy of Darryl Strawberry's single-season record. However, he's got a ways to go to catch the Mets real leader in that department, John Olerud.

Most Consecutive Games Reached Base
Mets History

John Olerud 47 (1998-1999)
David Wright 35 (2006-2007)
Carlos Delgado 34 (2007-2008)
Darryl Strawberry 33 (1987)
Jose Vizcaino 32 (1996-1997)
Keith Hernandez 32 (1983)

* Cliff Floyd hit a walk-off home run for the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.
It was his first walk-off home run since the 3-run extra-inning home run to beat the Angels on June 11, 2005.

* The Cubs rallied from a 9-1 deficit to win at Wrigley Field Friday.
Not to dredge up bad memories, but the 1980 Mets (they of the Gary Cohen mentioned Mark Bomback-era, featuring Joe Torre as manager) blew a 9-1 lead at Wrigley Field on April 19, 1980. They lost to the Cubs, 12-9 on Dave Kingman's eighth-inning grand slam off Neil Allen. The Mets had walked Bill Buckner to pitch to Kingman with one out in the eighth.

* And so we end on a happy note...the Mets beat Brad Penny again on Thursday.
Penny is now 1-10 at Shea Stadium

Worst Record at Shea Stadium By Opposing Pitcher
Minimum 10 decisions

Brad Penny 1-10
Bill Singer 1-9
Milt Pappas 3-7
Mike Hampton 4-9
Bryn Smith 5-10
Carl Morton 4-8


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