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When They First Met

Thank you, Bill in Brentwood, for calling WFAN as I was driving home last night, and noting that March 10th is a significant date in Mets history, which I'll share briefly here.

For those unaware, this marks the anniversary of the Mets first spring training game, an 8-0 defeat against the St. Louis Cardinals in Tampa, Florida.

They lost "without a trace of elan" in the words of New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte (whatever that means), who also noted that at the end of the fifth inning, one fan complained "Same Old Mets!"

The game foreshadowed their work for the rest of the season. Richie Ashburn got thrown out at the plate, the defense butchered a few plays in the field, and the pitching staff allowed a pair of home runs.

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