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Wild Card Wednesday – New York Mets

Welcome to Wild Card Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

This will be a weekly feature with a look at some of my favorites in my Baseball Card Collection. Keep in mind that this collection is from about 1971 through 1986 or so and I do not have a complete collection.

I wasn’t sure where to start with entry number one. I want to save the Brewers for later. I didn’t want to do alphabetical. And working through the divisions seemed like such a Baseball America thing to do.

I chose the most Mehring thing to do and picked a team out randomly….which, if it’s something I would normally do, isn’t really that random after all….

While you ponder that…. Wild Card Wednesday:

Until I went through my pack of Mets cards, I had forgotten that George Foster played for the Mets.  That Fleer card of his is from 1983.  The Rusty Staub card is also from 1983.  Ever wonder why you don’t have a Rusty Staub card from 1972-1974?  See the end of the post for the answer.  Tug McGraw is the freaking guy!  He was the Leadoff Experience guest speaker right before the start of the 2002 Timber Rattlers season.  That card is from the 1973 Ya Gotta Believe! season.  The Ron Darling and Dwight Gooden cards are from the 1985 season…which would be one year before the Mets became insufferable.

Tug McGraw and Rusty Staub!

Tug McGraw and Rusty Staub!

Bud Harrelson is obviously posing with a gigantic prop bat in that 1975 photo on the left. Derrel McKinley Harrelson – as he is known on the back of his 1975 card but not on the back of the ’76 or ’78 card – is also one of the rare men to look older after he shaves his mustache. This is evidenced by his 1978 card on the right.  I blame playing for the Mets for that long on that.   I like to think that a coach told Felix Millan, “Choke up. Choke up! Choke up!!” so often that he Millan just said, “Like this?! Fine! Is this choked up enough for you?! I’m just going to hit like this all. the. time. now.”

Those first two Felix Millan cards have got to be from the same photo shoot.

Those first two Felix Millan cards have got to be from the same photo shoot.

The Steve Henderson and Lee Mazzilli cards are from 1978 and 1980.  Henderson joined the Mets from the Reds in a trade on June 15, 1977….Hmmm, who else was in that trade…. Mazilli was the #1 pick of the Mets (14th overall) in 1973 and made his MLB debut in 1976.  That first Ron Hodges card is from 1974.  The back of that card has a note that “One of Ron’s hobbies is dancing.” That note is accompanied by a dancing baseball player wearing catching gear.  Hodges played 12 seasons for the Mets and played over 100 games in a season just once.  His second card is from the 1985 season.  Hodges played his final major league game on September 30, 1984.

Mets through the years.

Mets through the years.

This next panel features cards of managers of the Mets and players who would go on to manage in the major leagues.  I like the 1974 Yogi Berra card because it includes his coaching staff.  But, my favorite manager cards would be from the 1978 season.  That year shows the manager from his playing days along side his current photo.  Joe Torre thought the baseball cap would hide the fact that he forgot to comb his hair on picture day.  No. Seriously. Ray Knight was a major league manager. Really.  Also, Ron Gardenhire was a shortstop for Dave Johnson.  Let that sink in for a bit.

I have no idea why I would circle Yogi Berra in crayon....I was five.

I have no idea why I would circle Yogi Berra in crayon….I was five.

Check out the Mets prospects of 1979 and 1981.  The checklist for the 1982 Mets team is on the back of the Bating and Pitching Leaders card featuring Hubie Brooks and Mike Scott….Oh, Mike Scott, if only the Astros had won Game Six of the ’86 NLCS to have you pitch against the Mets in Game Seven.

Weird Al copied his look from Dwight Bernard!

For your tie-in to the Brewers here are players who either had played for the Brewers or – in the case of Ray Searage – would play for the Brewers.

What do you mean you don't remember Mark Bomback as a Brewer!?!?!?!?

What do you mean you don’t remember Mark Bomback as a Brewer!?!?!?!?

Now, to answer the question about Rusty Staub from up top…in case you didn’t google it.

During his time with the Mets, Staub had a contractual dispute with the Topps company, which was the only one producing baseball cards at the time. As a result, he did not appear in any Topps set from 1972 to 1974, even though he was a major star in Topps’ biggest market, at a time when the sets just about every one in the major leagues, from the loftiest stars to the most obscure bench player.

Back next Wednesday with a look at another team.

Groundhog Day at the ballpark

I was out taking a few pictures of the infield at Time Warner Cable Field today to document how the recent warm weather has affected the snow cover…

So far, so good on the disappearing act, snow cover.

I noticed something in this picture that reminded me what day it was:

Click for a bigger image and look on the right at the end of the bleachers.

 

It’s Groundhog Day, but we do not have a Punxsutawney Phil or a Jimmy from Sun Prairie to pop out of a burrow at the ballpark to give us a weather prediction . We need to rely on someone else.

There can be no doubt.

He’s been around the ballpark for a long time and now is about the time….

I don't see a shadow...

Once again, the mysterious Range Rider sets out on another thrilling adventure with his trusted steed Thunder who…

does not see a shadow. Spring is right around the corner!

The Howling Mad Murdock Action Figure did NOT see his shadow this morning.  Alert the news crews!

Opening Day is 63 Days away. That’s just nine weeks!  It better get here soon.

I don’t believe that record is kept.

You are all very funny people….asking me what the Midwest League record is for doubleheaders.

I really don’t have any idea and I don’t want to look it up…

Carl, the Rain-Hating Camel sez, "This weather is quite horrible."

I mean I guess that I could, since I don’t have anything else to do tonight…

Brick, the Bad weather Hating Bactrian is very angry with this weather.

But, then, I would just get depressed and no one would want that…

Telemachus, the tarping tapir, wants you to know that the tarp is on the field. But, it should be off later tonight.

Once the Sun comes out and the flowers are in bloom and there is actual baseball with one game played in a day and we can all laugh about this…

Fairfax, the field conditions ferret, says that the weather may be bad, but the field will be in great shape for the doubleheader on Wednesday.

Then, maybe I can look it up.

Perry, the Postponement Penguin, says he hasn't been around much doing his job lately because he just couldn't deal with it. But, maybe if he could show up this one time that would put a stop to this madness.

Until then… Just get some rest.  It’s gonna be a long day tomorrow.

Tyler Thornburg gets the start in game one.  Austin Ross gets the ball in game two.

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