Monday, October 24, 2016

The BIG question. The thing that's on all our minds.

Everything revolves around if we retain Yoenis Cespedes.
At least in my mind.

Do I want him to stay a Met? Of course I do. Do I care about the money? No, more so the years. He's no spring chicken. Whatever the cost (within reason, which has very little to do with today's salaries), I feel he will be worth it.

I think we can safely say we know what we have in Cespy. Awesome feats of strength and flash as well as moments of  weak doltishness. I don't think he's ever seen a curve ball he didn't love. But he hits a lot of 'em. Some that you would think were unreachable. Some go very, very far.

He has lapses of judgement and laziness in the field and sometimes on the bases (usually the running to first base part, which many players don't seem to consider important these days). He picks and chooses his spots to go full steam, which I have no problem with. 

When he decides to give the game his all, which to be fair is a good 90+% of the time, he does amasticazeing things.

At the end of August I was starting to worry that the Mets were going to fall off. Their offense  went through one of those sluggish phases. And then Cespedes hit this walk-off and it totally revitalized my season from a fans standpoint. It renewed my confidence in the team. It may have had the same effect on the team itself, which was floundering. New York was 15-14 during the dog days. After the night Yoenis banged that sudden death bomb the Mets went 20-10 to close the season.

You could call this one above a lack of judgement but it showed me how he is willing to go beyond any and all expectations at times. Also that he's kinda insane and that doesn't hurt.

We need Cespedes.
If not him, someone like him in the thick of the line-up. There are other players out there who could possibly fill the void should he not re-up. But let's not even go there yet.

Yo's here and we know he can thrive under the hot lights of NYC. So Mr. Alderson, try your best to make the deal. Get it over with so we Mets fans can start thinking about other problems we can bug you about.
Right now we all wish for one thing...


(Disclaimer: I realize that some out there might not wish this but it sounds so much more dramatic that way.)


Oh, I almost forgot.
This goes out to Bam, Bill, & Bob.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

mfrc UPDATE!--71mfc ASG-.GIFcard! Rose takes out Fosse! Again!

I ran into this great .gif tonight of Pete Rose mowing down Ray Fosse. 
I must have seen it before but I don't recall. Right away I though ".GIFcard". And it worked out really well. Sometimes these .GIFcards can get complicated but this one went smoothly and was completed quickly. I already had the border from the card I made a few years ago and didn't even have to change it's size to accommodate the animation. I just had to make sure all the frames (32) lined up under the border properly. And they did. So this is an mfc Update card, I guess.

The Original
I've done up this game before (the still shot at the end of the .gif & above) and I have spoken before of how John Hogan's (Cards That Never Were) version inspired me to start making my Mets cards on-line. His card, one of the first custom cards I had ever seen, still trumps my two. Why? Same reason as before. Leo flapping his lips right there in plain view
The ultimate picture of the play.

John Hogan's (Cards That Never Were) classic.
I should do a whole card/write-up on this game. Do you know who that is on deck as Rose comes barreling in? The American League was leading 4-1 going into the bottom of the ninth. If it wasn't for this background figure the play at the plate might never have happened.  That's Giants catcher Dick Dietz (half his gear on) whose home run off Catfish Hunter leading off the 9th contributed to the tie that sent this one into extras. 

This was really a great All-Star game and much more happened than this climactic ending. It was a real seriously competitive game, like most were in those days, when all the players were playing for was their pride in themselves, their team, and in this great game.

Maybe I'll do up the whole contest someday. For now, lets get this new one up.

Pete's concern for Fosse is evident as Dick Dietz pulls him away from the downed backstop. Leo the Lip Durocher is older than old school. He was ancient school, and he thought Rose's barrel roll was the best thing since sliced bread. 

I am enjoying Pete in the post season side shows (which is just what they've become) during these 2016 games. They can be enjoyable. And yes Pete, A-Rod is pretty well off in the money department. We get it! lol.
Rose has been both entertaining and informative. And you always think the next thing he say's might be totally off the wall (although he seems way too wise to fall into too deep a trap) because he really does speak from the hip. I like that.

You're gonna get in someday Pete.


Rose/Fosse .GIF courtesy of USA Today via

More to come in regards to the spin-off World Series Fantasy Cards blog coming up next post.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Happy Birthday Keith Hernandez!

Only two Keith Hernandez mfc cards have been made so far. :(
But that's still two more than Don Mattingly ever got.

Photography above by David G. Whitham

I just turned Keith's 1985 Topps card on it's side for his '85 mfc.

Mets Fantasy Cards will soon have a spin-off blog,
This blog will have World Series cards I dream about. I have all ready created a number of World Series cards for the mfc project. I will attempt to make cards for every World Series ever played if I can find the photos, 1903 to the current year.
More about that soon.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The 2016 mfc WILDCARD Set- This is how it ends.

Well, we got there. 

And we did have to brace ourselves. 
First the waiting. Ugh. And then the buildup to game time.

The Mets themselves looked pretty relaxed.

The game certainly lived up to it's billing. A pitchers duel between two of the best. But when have you seen one this intense?  The most comfortable I was all evening was on the edge of my seat. I jumped out of that seat a number of times.


Doing the "live" card thing was ambitious but sometimes real life trumps fantasyland. And this was such an absorbing game. 
I did get a few cards up. 

Both Syndergaard and Bumgarner pitched brilliantly. Thor was on 100% and racking up one K after another. Bumgarner was his usual post season self. 

New York played right into his hands by trying to attack him early in the count. I don't know if this was something each individual player decided upon or if hitting coach Kevin Long gave a directive to do that. I don't think it was Terry's plan because mid-game he mentioned the fact that his boys needed to look at more pitches. If it was Long's advice, shame on him. I don't think he should be fired or anything like that but I'd sure like to yell at him.

Yea, during the game I did not find time to whip up a "LIVE" Bumgarner card. Bummer, huh?

Syndergaard's first fix was in the 4th inning. Up until then he had struck out five and had yet to surrender a hit. To start off the 4th Noah had Denard Span down 0-2 when the Giant batter wore Thor down with foul balls and worked out a walk. Everyone knew Span was going to try and steal second. Syndergaard's major armor chink is his holding base runners, or lack thereof. 

On this night Noah held Span on well, and he sped up his delivery to the plate a tad to keep things tight. He threw over twice, got two swinging strikes on Brandon Belt and then threw over again. Span took off for second on the next pitch.

The pitch was a ball, high. It was a good throw down to second by Rene Rivera. Not a great one, a little high and into the runner. It was a better jump by Dernard. Span beat the throw. But today's review rules don't care if you touched the base before the ball arrived. You have to stay in contact with it. Some part of your body has to be on the base at all times until the play is deemed to be over.

The screen grab above shows the moment Span lost contact with the bag. There were better pictures of the play (see below) but only this one captures that instant. I thought this was a big break for the Mets. That would have been the lead-off batter in scoring position. Even with all the replays and that picture above, I thought he was safe and that the call would be reversed. But amazingly, it wasn't, and a threat was averted.

Thor would walk Belt but then settle down and retire the next seven batters, continuing to hold the Giants hit-less.

New York had allowed Bumgarner to get through 3 innings only throwing 21 pitches. The major culprits: Reyes, Cabrera, Bruce, Rene Rivera (singled after fouling one off), and Loney (1 pitch, 2 outs) only saw 7 pitches altogether! 

In the fourth the Mets started trying to work the count more, seeing a total of 28 pitches in that one inning. But Bumgarner had the start he needed that would enable him to go the distance.

I love the glove. Maybe you can tell. Have I ever mentioned it?
Three cards, lol. Four actually, but one was cut.

Yea really had to see this from where he started from, a shade over in left, to really appreciate how much ground he covered and how quickly.
96.9? Ha! There was a better route? You're crazy Stat-Cast!
As soon as this shot by Brandon Belt left the bat I was up on my feet. 
Noah Syndergaard had just given up his first hit the batter before, 84 pitches into the game, and this time Denard Span easily stole second base. Embarrassingly so, and if this drive dropped we were going to be down a run. And I thought it had a real serious chance of leaving the yard. Granderson just kept going back and picking up speed as he ran. It was one of those catches that you really don't think there's a chance until the ball drops into the fielder's glove.

First I jumped up and when it landed in leather I was doing this:

The Mets always give us something special in the post season. This was one of those things. You can add Thor's performance to that list. Curtis smacked that wall pretty hard but he looked no worse for the wear. This was simply a magnificent catch in the clutch.

 We've had a number of 'em in the post.

If we had a padded outfield wall in 1973 (no stadiums did back then) Rusty would not have banged up his shoulder and we would have gone all the way. Don't question it.

From 2006, before I called 'em fantasy cards

^The best?^ It's very debatable.

Back to the game.

In his 7th and final inning Syndergaard is beaten to the bag by ex-Met Angel Pagan. Noah would get out of the inning without a problem.

What a performance.
Should he have gone further? If Mets batters had put some runs on the board maybe things would have gone differently. Could Terry have sent him out for the 8th with the shortest of leashes? Why? He got hit a bit in the 7th. We've got Reed and Familia and that's the best one-two closing combo in the game right now. I'm sure this will be a great off season debate. I had no problem with the decision but it did make me move up to the very furthest edge of my seat.

When I'm shocked I usually don't type anything.

What can I say about Familia? He just put in the best season I've ever seen from a Mets closer. Some are trying to say he chokes in the big game. Bullshit. Last post season he saved so many crucial games. This year we needed every single win he secured to get to the wildcard.

It's much too soon to hang that label on him, so stop. I won't even say please. Just stop.

Personally my Benitez Syndrome is still in regression. Because Familia is one of the top three closers out there today. It's hard enough to be a closer without crap like that seeping into a persons head.


In retrospect these two cards are hard to close with, considering what the Cubs did to Bumgarner his next time out. They made him throw pitches and they got into the San Francisco pen.

I'll make the cards. I consider it my job to document the season on digital cardboard as I have done since 2014.

Now I had to remark on Bumgarner's remarkable performance but I see no reason to embellish or even caption a card that has an opposing team celebrating on our home field. Unfortunately I have to make some kind of card denoting what occurred. 

Because we just took an amazing wild ride that was the 2016 New York Mets season, 
and this is how it ends.


Hell with it. I ain't closing with San Francisco cards. 
I'm sure I'll have more to say about the 2016 season. But I'll wait til after the World Series. We should know by then.

Because, for now, IMO, everything revolves around if we retain Yoenis Cespedes.
I will address that topic before the World Series starts.