Monday, June 29, 2015

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LETS GO MATZ!!!

 I'll only do the LETS GO MATZ thing this one time. I swear. Don't start throwing stuff at me.

Long Island native pitching prospect Steven Matz arrived yesterday in the most irregular way. 
First off, his scheduled major league debut was to be at 1:10pm. Due to the suspended game on Saturday his start time was delayed. And nobody knew how long it would be delayed because when Matt Harvey's start the day before was cut short by rain the score was tied at 1-1.

When he returned home after Saturday's suspended game, Matz spent his evening sanding the bat that Las Vegas teammate Matt Reynolds gave him to use. (You might remember Reynolds from spring training>. Why we haven't seen him up yet is a mystery to me.)

It turned out the pick-up game, which was stopped for rain going into the seventh, didn't even start on time. The delayed game was delayed an additional 21 minutes, so it resumed after 1:30pm.The Mets finally won in walk-off fashion in the 13th, thanks to Joey Votto getting all fumble fingered.

So Steven Matz finally took the mound a little after 4:30 in the afternoon. While watching the end of the first game my thoughts turned to Matz. I thought that it was most unfortunate that he should have to make his first appearance on such an unorganized day. Even the weather didn't want to cooperate. And keep in mind that Matz had arrived at the stadium around 10:30am.

When Reds lead off batter Brandon Phillips smacked the 5th pitch of the game out of the park (although just barely) for a home run I though,"Oh, no! We're doomed". But Matz didn't think that. He was unfazed. "I just thought, you know what, I just got my first batter out of the way and now it's time to go to work," Matz would say after the game. 

 And all he did was go on to pitch 7.2/3 innings, limit Cincinnati to 2 runs on 5 hits, and win his first big league ballgame. Matz pitching was superb aside from the two long balls he surrendered. I witnessed a wicked curve ball and a nice fastball that sweeps through the strike zone.

But that's not what everyone's gonna be talking about around the water cooler today. Because Matz did more. Matz made history.

 After the lead off homer Matz settled down. You could see he was amped. Some of his fastballs were flying up,up and away out of the zone. But he harnessed his stuff and showed he was ready to be a major league pitcher. And a major league batter.

In the Mets second Darrell Cecilani started it off by trickling a grounder up the middle, an easy play that Reds shortstop Eugenio Suarez (who had just a horrendous series in the field for the Reds) booted and Cecil was on at first. Two productive outs got Cecil to third for Eric Campbell, who Cincinnati decided to walk intentionally to get to the pitcher, Matz. Sound baseball strategy one would think. Except when stuff happens in baseball. And stuff happened.
Matz's family and friends in attendance.

The lanky Metropolitan pitched lefty but batted righty. As he strode up to the dish I noticed that he wore no batting gloves. Tough guy, huh?

Matz first hit, a 2 run double.
Matz amazed me and you and his family and everyone by slugging a long drive that kept on curling away from Red center fielder Billy Hamilton. It dropped beyond his reach and both Ceciliani and Campbell scored. In his first major league at-bat Matz had given himself a 2-1 lead, clearing the bases with a stand up double! Amazin'!

HA! Hamilton sucks.

So right off the bat Steven Matz made Metropolitan history. He became the first Mets pitcher to drive in two runs in his first major league at-bat. But he wasn't done. 

Next time up, he singled. In the bottom of the sixth, Matz stepped in with the bases loaded and a 3-2 lead. He smacked a single into left  for 2 more RBI's! When it was all over  Matz went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBI.

Matz became the first player -- pitcher or otherwise -- in franchise history to drive home four runs in his debut, and the first Mets pitcher to do it in any game since Dwight Gooden in 1990. He was the first pitcher to have three hits in his debut since Jason Jennings did it for the Rockies in 2001.
He is the first pitcher EVER to have three hits and four RBIs in his first Major League game (11th player overall).

This shouldn't be a surprise. Matz batted .304 with three RBIs in 25 plate appearances at Triple-A Las Vegas before his call-up Sunday. Yet it was. It was historically amazin'.

Matz second hit, a single to left.

Matz's third hit, a single that knocked in two more.

So we have Plawecki, Synderguaard, and now Matz mfc FUTURE STAR cards, all released for their MLB debuts.
Should I retro make one for Harvey and Wheeler? For Travis?

After the amazin' game Matz said, "Jacob deGrom told me, 'Now you're a big leaguer, you let up a couple home runs, you got a couple strikeouts, got a couple hits. You did it all today.'"

I haven't named a fan of the month in over a month. Months even. But I saw a great fan at this game. I don't know if he's a fan of the Mets or just his grandson, but no matter. Grampa Matz is awarded MFC Mets Fan Of The Month for June.

"Holy Shit!"


This entry of the 2015 Season Set Met cards have been done up in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court's legalization of gay marriage this week.


An update on David Wright:
 Coming Soon: A salute to Chico Escuela and Saturday Night Live, 1978.


And , oh yea, I lied. 


  1. Great cards. I have trued several times to duplicate the 2015 Topps set, but have failed!


    1. Your cards are awesome Jason. I especially like those movie cards. Those are sharp. You baseball cards are great too, but I can't say that with 100% confidence until I see a Mets one (nudge,nudge, wink, wink). ;)

      The key to duplicating the 2015 design, for me, was working in layers. The hardest part was making the fade look, from the bottom card border, how it fades into the player photo. That was done using an extreme feather setting when I cropped the inner side of the border edge.

      If you want to discuss card artistry feel free to join Cardartistry, where I talk to myself about cardmaking.

  2. Thanks Warren, I will check out Cardartistry. I am by no means a pro and go through a lot of trial and error. I am positive I am making it harder on myself and there are probably easier ways to get it done. I love doing the movie cards and need to make some more but I have been on a baseball kick!