Monday, August 31, 2015

The New 64mfc Scorecard Card / '15mfc TRADED-Reed / '15mfcRECORD BREAKERS

The Shea Stadium Scoreboard the way it ought to be on a make believe 1964 baseball card. This is an improvement on the original that was a split card with a construction shot. The image of the classic scoreboard, as in the split card version, was recreated for use here.        

The image used for the working slide show screen is Eddie Kranepool. The message on the scoreboard is the actual message as seen on opening day at Shea Stadium in April of 1964.

These cards have been added to the mfc Scoreboard Collection and the Shea Stadium History Pt. One pages.


New York took one out of three from Boston. I'm glad we fought off the sweep. The team was bound to snap back a little bit. They had been going at full steam for an extended run. Usually we break a gasket, but this time we didn't. We won 8 in a row on went 8-1 on this last road trip. Now all we need is proper rest in order to recharge. 

The Mets are still 5 ½ games up on the Nationals.

New York will play the Phils again for the next few. I don't expect us to kick their ass with a vengeance like we did in Philly, but I am hoping for 2 out of 3 here. I'd be very happy with 2 out of every 3 going forward. Needless to say, if the Mets wanna reel off another 8 to 11 wins in a row, I won't stand in their way.

Sandy Alderson went out and got more bullpen help. I have to say thank you sir. It's good to see the front office all in like this.
It's just as exciting as what we are seeing on the field.

And you gotta like Reed right away. Soon after the trade he joked on twitter with fans.

I'm working on some designs for 2015 mfc Record Breaker cards. This set needs them! The Mets have given me a lot to work with and I'll be making cards for all broken or tied Mets individual and team records. N.L. and MLB records as well. There's going to be a decent amount of these covering the last five months (and hopefully even more going forward), a testament to the great season the Metropolitans are in the midst of.

mfc Record Breaker-Base Set-Individual Record
mfc Record Breaker-Base Set-Team Record
mfc Record Breaker-Base Set-Team Record
mfc Record Breaker- SP insert- Odds 1 in 396 packs

Photography by Steve Mitchell and Joe Skipper


Still to come:
A look at the Philly series sweep & more mfc Record Breakers.

Friday, August 28, 2015

>>>>>>The Return Of David Wright

Fresh off scoring 33 runs in a three game sweep at Colorado the Mets slugged their way back from a 7-2 deficit in the 
"Return Of David Wright Game".

This was a legendary game. It really was.
Just to top it off no more than five Mets had ever homered in the same game before. Both teams combined for 11 long balls tieing a National League record last accomplished 36 years ago in 1979.

This entire winning streak has been unreal.
My brother and his wife went to the game on a beautiful night in Philadelphia, August 25 2015. He agreed to write up a first hand report of his experience.


Our First New York Mets Game for the 2015 Season
By Wayne F

After living in Northeast Philadelphia (Bensalem) since 2011 my wife and I finally decided to see a Philadelphia Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park.  It was on Monday, August 24th 2015.  Of course, the Phillies were playing our beloved New York Metropolitans.  It was a beautiful, somewhat warm night for baseball.  We were impressed by Citizens Bank Park.  We had heard nothing but good things about experiencing a game at this venue.  

The Mets had last season’s Rookie of the Year Jacob DeGrom on the mound.  He was opposing the Phillies’ Adam Morgan.  Unfortunately, DeGrom did not have a good night.  In fact, it was the worst and shortest outing of his career to this point.  He gave up seven runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings.  

He surrendered a three-run home run to Ryan Howard in the first inning and home runs to Cameron Rupp in the second and Domonic Brown in the 3rd.  But, as if the baseball gods had been looking down on Citizens Bank Park, in the top of the second inning David Wright came to the plate.
Wright hadn’t swung a bat in a regular game since mid-April.  He had a 1-1 count and his first swing since coming off the disabled list was planted in the left field second deck for a long home run.  
The Mets faithful, of which there were hundreds if not thousands, at a ballpark on the road, rose to their feet and cheered for David Wright as if we were at Citi Field. 

After three innings the Mets were trailing the Phillies 7-2. In what I had thought was a wise move, DeGrom had been replaced on the mound by manager Terry Collins with Sean Gilmartin.  Shortly after this change told my brother that “if Gilmartin could hold, the Mets could win this thing”. It turned out to be an accurate statement.  In fact, Gilmartin, Hansel Robles, Eric O’Flaherty, and Carlos Torres shut down the Phils for the remainder of the game.

The Mets began their onslaught in the top of the fourth inning.  From the fourth on, they hit homer after homer.  The BIG hit came in the 5th inning from Wilmer Flores.

With the score at 7-5 in favor of the Phillies, Flores came up with 2 men on.  Having already hit a home run in the 4th inning, Flores cracked a three-run homer to put the Mets up for good at 8-7.

Being in an opposing stadium (didn’t even wear my Mets apparel, for shame), I was rather subdued in my reaction to the Mets offensive output in the first four innings.  But Flores’ home run got me up out of my seat cheering for the amazins.  The Mets had scored 6 unanswered runs and would proceed to score 8 more before all was said and done.  Final score was 16-7!

We witnessed Mets history and MLB history.  Our Mets established a new franchise record for one game with 8 home runs, 15 extra-base hits, and 51 total bases.  The two teams tied an NL record for total home runs in one game (11) and for the first time in baseball history 10 different players hit at least one home run.  

Of course, I realized all these little factoids after I got home. 

In my memory, of the Mets games I’ve attended over the last 40 years, this was the highest scoring and most hits (20) I’ve had the pleasure to witness.  I’m glad my wife Pam was with me to share in Mets history.
It is without a doubt the best game I’ve ever been to in person.  I will not soon forget this


Dave was kinda slow in the field on his return. But by the last game of the series he looked like he was totally up to speed.


> The Mets hit 7 home runs in Philadelphia on April 19, 2005, the former team record.

> The old record for extra base hits was 13 at Arizona on August 24, 2005.

> New Yorks previous team record for total bases in a game was 44 in the same 2005 game against the Diamondbacks

> deGrom's ERA went from 1.98 to 2.29.


Thanks Wayne, for that report from Citizens Ballbox.
Photography by
Drew Hallwell
Lori M. Nichols
Pamela Fottrell

Coming up next:
Mets Sweep Four Game Set From Philly in amazin' style!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

>>>>>>>>>These Mets Are For Real!!!

I'm going to need to make a whole subset for last nights game. I wanted to put one of the 14-9 games under the microscope, but this game. Unbelievable. I'll have a number of season cards and .gif cards capturing last nights bombing in a few days.

LETS GO METS!!!!!!!!!!

updated 8/26:Robles added to Come Together

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Verrett Logan pitched an amazin' game in Colorado. Under all kinds of pressure (taking Harvey's spot/ pennant race/ pitching at Coors Field) Logan impressed all with a clutch performance.

Logan pitched 8 innings (he could've,should've pitched 9) allowing only 4 hits and one run. He struck out 8 in a 93 pitch effort, his highest pitch count at any level this season.

The right hander made his major league debut with the Texas Rangers earlier this season and pitched four times in relief. He was picked up by New York on waivers and pitched well in seven appearances out of the pen.

Overall Verrett has allowed 2 runs over 21and a third innings for New York, good for a 0.84 ERA.

This was Logan's first MLB start and first MLB win.

After the Rockies, down by a run already in the first inning, led off the game with two consecutive singles I feared this would turn into a nightmare of a game for Verrett. Instead it was Colorado's pitcher David Hales nightmare as he broke the Rockies pitching record for wild pitches in a single game with four. Three were in the same horrific inning, two with Mets on third base which led to runs.

Michael Conforto had three hits and has been able to stick with the team due to Duda's trip to the D.L.
The rookie also threw out an idiotic Colorado baserunner trying to advance 1st to 3rd.

Yoenis Cespedes made some nice plays in the field, one somersaulting short hop stop in the gap that might possibly have gone for an inside the park home run if it got by him.

New York outscored Colorado 33-9 in the three game set accumulating a total of 45 hits along the way. This was also the first time ever New York has swept a series in Colorado.

New York has now won 11 in a row from the Rockies, the longest winning streak against one opponent since 1986/87 when they beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 15 times in a row.

The Mets are 11 games over .500 at 67-56.

The Mets magic number is 35.


> Jacob deGrom (12-6, 1.98) will open a four game series in Philidelphia Monday night. In his last 16 starts he is 9-2 with a 1.44 ERA.

> Matt Harvey will re-enter the rotation on Friday against the Boston Red Sox at Citi Field.


Yikes! I agree.

Adam Rubin, ESPN

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Déjà Vu!

The Mets beat the Rockies by a score of 14-9 for the second game in a row!

> Logan Verrett will take Matt Harvey's spot in the rotation today as New York skips Matt in order to save some bullets for further down the line.

> Lucas Duda has gone on the 15 day D.L. after tweaking his back injury during an at-bat on Friday night.

> Team captain David Wright has 9 hits in 24 at-bats over 7 rehab games with single A St' Lucie. He is expected to make his return to the team when the Mets play the Phils on Monday.

David, you've worked so hard and been so patient getting back to form. Let's not rush it now. The jersey will be ready when you take the field tomorrow night. Yay!

Photography by Dustin Bradford

Saturday, August 22, 2015

>>>>Cespedes and Mets Rock Colorado!

The first place New York Mets pummeled the Colorado Rockies last night 14-9 in one of those mile high slugfests.

The new kid in town had the best game of his young career.
Yoenis Cespedes started it off with a double in the first inning and came around to score the first run of the game.

In the 2nd inning the Mets loaded the bases and Cespedes cleared them, launching a 369 ft. grand slam to right center. This gave the Mets a 6-1 lead.

Yoenis smacked his 2nd homer of the game, a 445ft. blast to center, leading off in the 4th. At this point New York was winning 8-4.

The Rockies clawed back and tied the game 8-8 in the 5th. It stayed tied only until Cespedes next at bat, when he hit another bomb to right center (442ft.) to give the Mets back the lead, 10-8.

In the 8th Yoenis singled, stole a base, and scored on a double by WIlmer Flores.

Cespedes came up in the 9th with a last chance to make baseball and Mets history by clubbing a fourth, He ripped a mean drive to right center that was chased down by Rockie Carlos González.

What a game! And lots more happened but I'm going to save that for a microscopic breakdown on a future post.

From ESPN's Matt Snyder

At least five runs, seven RBI and three homers in the same game:

Cespedes, 8/21/2015
Shawn Green, 5/23/2002
Alex Rodriguez, 4/2/2000
Tino Martinez, 4/2/97
Don Demeter, 9/12/61
Joe Adcock, 7/31/54
Gil Hodges, 8/31/50
Walker Cooper, 7/6/49
Jim Tabor, 7/4/39

Same list, but let's add a stolen base ...
Cespedes, 8/21/2015

 >Only twice since 2012 has a player accumulated at least 15 total bases in a game. Lonnie Chisenhall on June 9 last season and Cespedes on Friday.

>Cuban-born players with at least 15 total bases in a game: Cespedes

>Cuban-born players with at least three homers and seven RBI in a game: Jose Canseco (6/13/94) and Cespedes.

 >Cuban-born players with at least three homers in a game: Canseco (6/13/94 and 7/3/88), Tony Oliva (7/3/73), Roman Mejias (5/4/58) and Cespedes.

Take a bow, Mr. Cespedes. That was quite a game.

Just take a look at that box score.

Photography by
Justin Edmonds
David Zalubowsky
Steve Mitchell

Special thanks goes out to METSINGAROUND for the Cespedes .gif.