Showing posts from April, 2017

Remembering Mets History (2017) Mets Take First Two in D.C. End Skid

The 2017 Mets were in a place no one expected them to be at. They had fallen to last place struggling through a six game losing streak, dropping ten of their last eleven. Injuries, an MLB suspension to their closer & bad breaks got them here. But it is only April, their manager Terry Collins told them to look ahead, be aggressive & a weekend series against the first place, rival Nationals may be just what they needed to turn things around. Friday April 28th, 2017: A large crowd of 34,532 including a contingent of Mets fans, making the journey, filed in to Nationals Park to see the Nats ace Matt Scherzer take in Mets star, Jacob deGrom. In the 2nd inning, Travis d'Arnaud started off his big night with a two run HR off Scherzer giving the Mets a 2-0 lead. In the bottom frame, the hot hitting Ryan Zimmerman as well as Matt Wieders both homered putting Washington ahead 3-2. In the 4th, after Jose Reyes singled & T.J. Rivera walked, Travis d'Arnaud became the fi

Remembering Mets History (2015) Matt Harvey Shines In Subway Series WIn

Saturday April 25th 2105: The new version of the New York Mets were riding high coming into this years early version of the subway series, they were fresh off an eleven game win streak & were in first place by 4 1/2 games. On the first night of the series the streak was ended, but these Mets proved they would over come. Maybe more importantly, to the team, Matt Harvey, fresh off Tommy John surgery last season, in the big spot light took the ball & showed everybody how tough & serious he was. A large Saturday afternoon crowd of 47,909 came to the Bronx to see the A.L. New York club (10-8) host Terry Collins' Mets (14-4) aired as the FOX game of the week telecast. Matt Harvey (3-0) for the Mets against a struggling CC Sabbathia (0-2). Starting Lineups New York Mets         A.L. New York 1 Curtis Granderson RF 1 Jacoby Ellsbury CF 2 John Mayberry LF 2 Brett Gardner LF 3 Lucas Duda 1B 3 Alex Rodriguez DH 4 Michael Cuddyer DH 4 Mark Teixeira 1B 5 Daniel

Former Mets Hitting Coach: Denny Walling (2003-2004)

Dennis Martin Walling was born April 17th 1954 in Neptune, New Jersey on the Jersey Shore. He grew up in Farmingdale going to high school at Howell. Walling first attended Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey & then Clemson University where he was a star baseball player. Walling was first drafted by the St. Louis Cards in the 8th round of the 1974 draft but chose to stay at Clemson. He then was the overall first pick in the 1975 secondary phase of the June amateur draft for the Oakland Athletics. He made his MLB debut three months later without playing in the minor leagues. He then did time in the minors getting some callus before getting traded to the Houston Astros in 1977 for Willie Crawford. Walling began a long 13 year career in Houston playing mostly in the outfield & at third base. He was also known as a fantastic pinch hitter. He has 108 career pinch hits, in the all time top twenty in that category. He would bat over .290 four times with Houston