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Remembering the Great Rusty Staub (1944-2018)

Although it is Opening Day, it is a sad day in Mets history as Rusty Staub has passed away. As a life long Mets fan, obsessed with the 1973 Mets NL Championship team, I know how important Rusty Staub is in Mets history. Not only one of the best players to wear the orange & blue but one of the proudest New Yorkers who did a bunch of things for the City he adopted & loved. For many years he ran a Restaurant in Manhattan on the Upper East Side, displaying his love for food. Rusty with his legendary reddish hair, was known as "Le Grande Orange" from his days in Montreal. He would play with the Mets on two different tours, both during winning era's. The younger Staub was brought over in a major trade in 1972. He was the clubs steady right fielder & although just 29 years old, he brought leadership with a veteran presence, as he already had ten years in the league. Staub would be the face of the offense, the hitting star of a star studded pitching dominate

Former Mets Relief Pitcher: Scott Atchison (2013)

Scott Barham Atchison , was born March 29th 1976, in Denton, Texas. The six foot two, right hander attended Texas Christian University at Fort Worth, where he was earned four letters & was All Conference twice. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 49th round of the 1998 draft. He spent seven years in the minor leagues, three at the AAA level with Tacoma. In 2004 he was 5-3 with seven saves, getting a call up to the Mariners. Atchinson would make his MLB debut on July 31st, finishing up a 9-8 loss to the Angels in Anaheim. On August 5th he earned his first career win, as he pitched two innings at Tampa in a 4-2 over the Rays. In 25 games he was 2-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 25 games. He played in just six games for Seattle the next year. After spending 2006 in the minors he signed with the San Francisco Giants where he appeared in 22 games. At the end of the year he refused assignment from the Giants to reports to Fresno & became a free agent. In 2008 he signed wit

Mid Nineties New York Born Mets Relief Pitcher : Mike Remlinger (1995)

Michael John Remlinger was born on March 23rd, 1966 in Middletown, New York. He attended high school in Plymouth, Massachusetts & then went to Dartmouth College. The six foot left hander is just one of two recent major league players to come out of Dartmouth. Remlinger was selected as a first round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants (16th pick overall) in 1987. In his first season at A ball he went 6-3 & then did not post another winning minor league record until 1995. He got a June call up back in 1991 debuting with a three hit shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He went 2-1 into mid July before being sent back down. Later that winter he was traded to the Seattle Mariners along with Kevin Mitchell for Dave Burba, Bill Swift & Michael Jackson. Two years later he signed with the New York Mets as a free agent. In 1994 he went 2-4 with a 3.14 ERA in twelve games at AAA Norfolk. In 1995 he made the club out of Spring Training & pitched on Opening Day at

Remembering Mets History: (2015) Wilmer Flores Walk Off HR

On July 29th 2015 - In a snowballing social media frenzy, it was reported that the Mets had traded Wilmer Flores to the Milwaukee Brewers along with Zack Wheeler in exchange for former Met; Carlos Gomez. When Flores came to bat the fans gave him a standing ovation & began shouting to him from the stands that he had been traded. When he took the field in the top of the inning, the young Flores began to shed tears in a very emotional scene. It was a very upsetting for the young man who had been in the Mets organization since he was 16 years old. With no official word coming from the TV broadcast it was still unclear what was happening. In the 9th inning, Manager Terry Collins was seen talking to Flores in the dugout as he removed him from the game. Mets Captain David Wright, Veteran Michael Cuddyer & Flores' friend Ruben Tejada followed Wilmer into the run way to support him. After the game Manager Terry Collins was upset in his press conference, saying he knew nothin

Remembering Mets History (2005): Chris Woodward Has Two Walk Off Hits In A Month's Time

Tuesday July 19th 2005: Willie Randolph's Mets (47-46) were playing the best ball they had played in nearly six years. Tonight they hosted Bruce Bochy's first place San Diego Padres (50-44). The 2005 Padres would lose the NLDS in a sweep to the St. Louis Cardinals. Tonight's starters were Kris Benson & Brian Lawrence. Starting Lineups Padres 1 Dave Roberts CF 2 Mark Loretta 2B 3 Brian Giles RF 4 Ryan Klesko LF 5 Phil Nevin 1B 6 Ramon Hernandez C 7 Damian Jackson 3B 8 Khalil Greene SS 9 Brian Lawrence P Mets 1 Jose Reyes SS 2 Mike Cameron RF 3 Carlos Beltran CF