Sad news out of Long Island: Sy Berger, the father of modern baseball cards, died today at 91.
Berger didn’t invent baseball cards — they date back to 19th-century “trade cards” and were first popularized by cigarette companies. But Berger made them the empire they became. In 1947 he started working as a marketer at Brooklyn-based Topps, […]
My goodness, is it really the 10th time we’ve done this?
Background: I have a trio of binders, long ago dubbed The Holy Books (THB) by Greg, that contain a baseball card for every Met on the all-time roster. They’re in order of matriculation: Tom Seaver is Class of ’67, Mike Piazza is Class of ’98, […]
Did you know Japan has a Baseball Hall of Fame too? It does — and it’s pretty neat. Here’s a report, including a Mets sighting or two.
The Mets and Astros combined to throw 266 pitches tonight at Citi Field. For 265 of them — that’s 99.62% of the game if you’re mathematically inclined — the results were pretty much unbearable for Mets fans.
The preteen girls in the stands, most of whom were waiting to watch someone named Austin Mahone, unleashed 266,000 […]
Each year I find a page in a notebook and write the name of the year and METS at the top. If Opening Day is on TV, I sit there and write the players down in order of their appearance.
If the Mets hit first, the players go in the book in the order they bat, and it […]
Enjoy that one. The nightcap saw the Mets do absolutely nothing against entitled annoyance Gio Gonzalez, a little Daniel Murphy parachute aside.
Enjoy that one. They finished the season 4-15 against the Nationals. Go a mediocre 9-10 and they would have been over .500.
Enjoy that one. Zack Wheeler‘s final start was a letdown — he was […]
The Braves are out of the playoffs — and their cause of death was the Mets.
The Pirates beat the Brewers, and the Mets finished the deed with a 10-2 decimation that didn’t seem as close as that score suggests.
Let us therefore now observe a moment of silence … whoa, I seem to have badly misspelled […]
Your meaningful games in September update:
The Mets are officially better than they were the last two years — they won their 75th game of the year tonight.
For the moment at least they’re better than the Marlins, though tied in the lost column.
Can they finish with a winning record after the All-Star break? They’ll need to […]
Whaddya know? The Mets really can beat the Nationals.
They did so tonight — you could look it up.
They did so despite the umpires failing up to correct a bad call even with a replay review, which burned Terry Collins‘s challenge, which meant he couldn’t challenge the next play, when Ian Desmond overslid second stealing and was called […]
Dare to dream headlines: Murph’s 200th Hit Caps #Mets‘ Miracle Run to Wild Card.
— Jason Fry (@jasoncfry) September 10, 2014
Ha ha. Yeah. That isn’t going to happen, though it was fun to tweet.
No, it really isn’t. Stop that. The problem is the Mets, despite being a daunting but not completely unimaginable 5 1/2 games out of […]