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Bob Coluccio (The Macaroni Pony): Former 1970's Italian / American Outfielder & Short Time Met: (1973-1978)

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Robert Pasquali Coluccio was born to Italian immigrants on October 2, 1951, in Centralia Washington.  The five-foot eleven right hand hitting outfielder starred in two sports getting offered both college football & baseball contracts. In 1969 he chose baseball signing with his home state baseball team the Seattle Pilots in their only year of existence. Coluccio hit .277 at A ball Clinton in 1970. In 1971 he went between A & AA ball but only hit .214. In 1972 at AA Evansville, he batted .300 with 9 HRs 58 RBIs getting him an invite to Spring Training in 1973.  By 1973 the Seattle Pilots had moved to Milwaukee after just one year in the Northwest city. That spring, Coluccio beat out a young Gorman Thomas for the regular outfielder position. Coluccio was a fine defensive outfielder with a strong throwing arm. Trivia: Coluccio was labeled “The Macaroni Pony” by Brewer's famous broadcaster Bob Ucker. Milwaukee had a large Italian population & Coluccio soon became one of th

Remembering Mets History (2015): Thor Puts the Hammer Down In The World Series

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Friday October 30th 2015- World Series Game #3 -Citi Field, Queens New York. The Mets came back to New York down two games to none as they'd like to forget those first two games in Kansas City. Tonight,  would be the first World Series game ever played at Citi Field. A full house of 44,471 came out to on clear brisk night to cheer on their Mets. In classic New York Mets style, Billy Joel sang the National Anthem & former Mets star Mike Piazza threw out the ceremonial first pitch.  Mets Manager Terry Collins sent Noah Syndergaard (9-7 / 3.24 ERA / 166 Ks) known in New York as Thor, to the mound against Ned Yost's Royals hurler; Yordano Ventura (13-8 / 4.08 ERA / 156 Ks). The Mets needed a bog night from Thor to get back into the series & the 23-year-old   superhero  delivered. Syndergaard started out the game by throwing a high tight one, sending Royals leadoff  hitter Alcides Escobar to the dirt. It was his way of sending a message, you guys ain't in

Remembering Mets History (2015) The Mets Wives & Girl Friends At The World Series

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Stacey Harris soon to be Mrs. deGrom -Molly Beers Wright- Bethany Niewenhuis- Leah Niese - Tayler Francel the soon to be Mrs. Plawecki & Britney Cobain the future Mrs. d'arnaud

Remembering Mets History (2000) World Series Game #3- Mets Win First Game of Subway Series In Shea Stadium

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  Tuesday October 24th, 2000- World Series Game #3- Shea Stadium, NY:   This was the first World Series game back at Shea Stadium since the Championship Year of 1986. That was Game Seven when the Mets had won their last Championship.  A New York crowd of 55,299 came to Shea for Game Three of the Subway Series.  **centerfieldmaz was in attendance that night having a blast as we let those other NY fans have it in good fun in the upper deck in left field.** Bobby Valentine's Mets (94-68) had won the 2000 NL Wild Card spot, then beat the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS in five games. They then defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS in five games as well. This World Series was the first New York Subway World Series since 1956, when the Brooklyn Dodgers took on the AL New York team. The Mets had dropped the first two games of the series, losing a 12-inning nail bitter 4-3 in Game #1.  In the 5th inning of that game Timo Perez singled to start the inning. With two outs he