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

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

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

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