Tuesday, May 31, 2016

mfc Poster-The Dark Knight Rises/ Loney/ Flores/ OPERATION WRIGHT!

We've had 2 solo mfc Matt Harvey Pocket Posters so far.

Below was the first Harvey Pocket Poster  that commemorated opening day. This was posted at the end of March.

The Dark Knight Opens
A few alterations turned this one above into the one below, which was created to show Metropolitan fans support of Matt Harvey through his most recent rough patch. This was posted and shared through facebook 
just last week.

Again I took the same layered save and reworked it. I'm not only a custom card maker, I'm also a scavenger artist. That's because I take stuff and turn it into something else. Sometimes it's stuff off the internet, and sometimes it's stuff that I originally created.

So taking the same works from above and making some more radical changes we now have The Dark Knight Rises Pocket Poster. Hey, I know you'll be reading that phrase all over today, but it has to be "rises". Just too perfect.

The Dark Knight that I scavenged from the new Batman vs. Superman flick was replaced by the great Frank Miller's Batman from The Dark Knight Returns. Not only is Miller's TDK my favorite comic book series of all time, it also solidified the nickname Dark Knight.

Harvey pitched like good ol' Harvey yesterday. He got past the 5th & 6th inning blues and went 7, allowing only 2 hits while striking out 6. He only walked one while securing the 1-0 win. Has The Dark Knight returned? Too soon to say. But he did rise and show us that he still has it in yesterday's game.

We all know the tale of how Harvey picked up the nickname Dark Knight. Sports Illustrated christened him TDK in 2013 issue in which he graced the cover. How about Batman himself?

Batman was called The Dark Knight 
in the very first BATMAN No.1 as written by Bill Fingers.

Cinematic Sociology: Social Life in Film 
theorizes why Batman is also known as "The Dark Knight":
" Screening the Face says Batman wears an upper-face mask similar to a knight's visor. The book writes that the mask justifies Batman's "status as a Dark Knight, the paradoxical (both dark and knight) lynchpin of the recurring, and hence mythical, Batman narrative".

Miller's "TDK Returns" spoilers below

In his 1986 graphic novel "The Dark Knight Returns",  Frank Miller chose the name for a reason, 
"In this case, 'dark' is not so much referring to the fact that he works at night or that he wears a black suit. Instead, the 'dark' here refers to the soul of the Caped Crusader which may or may not be every bit as tainted as those he captures."

This scene with the Joker from TDKR is one of the most powerful ever contained within the pages of a comic book, or as they soon came to be known after the release of this groundbreaking series, graphic novels.
The nickname had been used before, sparingly. But ever since Frank Miller's TDK books Batman and his dark nickname have always traveled together. That's a pretty extreme change that Miller made to the Batman universe.

Here are some Dark Knight graphics from the past. These were done in 2013 (right before I started this blog) when Matt first came up. He had already acquired the nickname and being a big '66 Batman fan, that was how I first approached it. And calling him Mattman fit the whole deal nicely.

I'm posting these especially for @Gus the Donut Man, although I do not know if he views this blog. Don't matter, he's a '66 Batman fan too. Maybe he'll google Batman someday.

I might not have ever posted this one above from when we were playing the Diamondbacks in '13. I can see I have the upper left Mattman chest symbol wrong. That was from an earlier version of the work, before I came up with the Matt signal. In a rough draft of the very first poster at the top of this page I went with a '66 Batman, but I felt it didn't pack the punch I needed. I wanted that to be a serious Batman.


Let's get Loney an mfc card!
Jame's acquisition was a no brainer. He cost a bag of balls and some such considerations. Always liked Loney on the Dodgers but lost track of him when he left L.A..
He will be an asset.


I was all for Wilmer Flores taking first base until Duda returns. Well, not enthusiastically all for it, but over the years he has grown on me and I felt he could rise to the occasion. Looks like with Loney arriving he won't have to. I think Flores best position is third base, and he might see a bit of time there as David Wright recovers (more on The Captain's injury at bottom of page). 

I was not a fan of Wilmer. Early on I nicknamed him "Flatfeets". I ridiculed him for his slobbering gait. His shortstop play was erratic as was his hitting. He'd pop one from time to time so I didn't ride him too hard. But I just thought of him as "the guy" playing short until we got a real shortstop.

Here's what I said about him on the mfc Celebrates New Years post:

Flores was improving in the field and swatting more four baggers and this helped me not dislike him, but I still thought we needed a better player for that position.

"The Crying Game" didn't change that much. Sure, I felt for him and what he went through there, but I still wasn't all in on Flores. I did like him a lot more as a person after that pretty bazaar night because I felt we had something in common. If I was a Mets player and they traded me, I'd have cried too.

But little by little, as it usually happens when a player stays in orange and blue,  I began to become a fan of Flores. Sometimes he did amazing things.

Not long after "The Crying Game" came "The Walkoff Game".
And I became a full time fan of Flores. And it wasn't the walkoff itself that won me over.

It was the way he grabbed his jersey as he approached his teammates waiting for him at home plate, pulling at the scripted Mets insignia across his chest. He was saying to them, as well as to us fans, that he was still a Metropolitan. That clinched it. Because we both have yet another thing in common. We both love the Mets.

 I was waiting on making a 2016 mfc Wilmer Flores regular issue card but I didn't know what for. And then I ran into this photo yesterday and realized why I waited. His gets a blue orange inner border because he is a true Met. If your card flipping that card gets you credit for orange or blue.


Unfortunately we will have to update David Wright's injury chart as The Captain is suffering from a herniated disc in his neck. I hope we don't lose Wright like last season. And if we do I hope he can return before the seasons end (saying postseason would be a jinx), and if not, even next season. When Davids on the field he is still a vital asset and if he has to hang 'em up early I will be bummed.

The David Wright Injury Chart circa 2015

First inkling of a back injury in 2011.



I will wait a few days to compile more info before I post the updated Wright injury chart
Last year while waiting for Wright to return I put out some funnies trying to keep it light. Unfortunately this back problem is serious business.

I can't wait until I can post the above graphic again, and I hope David Wright's return is more sooner than later.

So I haven't added the herniated disc to the Wright Injury Chart yet  yet. These .gifs take a bit of doing. When will Wright be back? There's talk of the D.L. but nothing solid yet. Hopefully Wright is back and healthy ASAP.

Let's go Mets!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

mfc THIS WEEK IN METS BASEBALL /May 21th -28th

Whew, another week like this and I'll need to have my blood pressure checked. And it's only the end of May! Things started out great last weekend with  the sweep of the Brewers. That wasn't exactly smooth, but a sweep is a sweep.

I planned on making more cards for both the Brewers and National series, and I still might. Been a busy week. If I do make them I'll add them here.

We took 2 of 3 important ones from the Nationals. Mr. Steven Matz showed us that we are holding five aces. Colon not an ace you say? Okay, four aces and a joker.

Captain Wright has been popping some dingers! He hit 3 whoppers in 3 consecutive games! An exciting walk off! I want to say HE'S BACK BABY but he was out last night with a pain in his neck. 

Cabrera has been so crucial, so steady.

Gotcha Utley!

Dealing or shuffling. Don't ask me. 
When the game is tied I think the Mets are winning.

Damn you all to hell,Utley!

This was such a classic game. It had everything! Ups and downs, big hits, great fielding, good enough starting pitching, a meltdown, a sacrificial lamb (deGrom's win) and an answer right back walkoff homer. Utley did something in this game too, didn't he. 

I redesigned the regular mfc border just so I could get the Leprechaun of L.A. in frame. I might switch to this look in series three. I like it.


Not much to say about last night's game. 
Ha. Watch, now I'll go on for like an hour. 
Last night's game was horrendous. And not because of the Mets bats (weak), or Chase Utley (back to the head of my nemesis list). It was because of a green umpire named Adam Hamari who decided that Thor should be tossed for throwing behind Utley in the 3rd inning. 

No warning. No hits batsman. 
After the game crew chief Tom Hallion said the umpire was convinced Noah threw at Utley intentionally. If his intention was missing him by a foot, which it was, then how could he also intend to hit him?

This was a HUGE game with the '86 tribute crowd and their '86 jerseys. Imagine traveling to Citi Field to see Syndergaard pitch and having that happen in the third frame. Totally ridiculous. If he hit him, okay, toss him without a warning. But he was just throwing a brush-forward pitch. 

How can a pitcher send a message if he is no longer allowed to brush-back, or in this case, brush-forward and opposing batter? And seriously, you cannot take away the threat the pitcher has to throw close to an opposing batter. Batters are way to comfortable as it is.
Cripes, I'm still upset.


Upside? I came up with a new card concept.


And Harvey hit him with his message. And everybody
in the wide, wide, world of sports knew it was intentional.
Not tossed.

I tip my cap to Utley. 

I live down in Southern New Jersey and for many years I saw 80% of my live ballgames (probably 97% were Mets games) at Veterans Stadium in Philly. I watched Utley (& Howard) come up and I liked and respected these players. Saved their baseball cards, kept tabs on them (along with other non-Metropolitan players I am a fan of). Rooted against them when playing the Mets, of course. Booed  'em. But these were two great players, especially Utley. 

Chase was a throwback, my favorite kind of player. Wally Backmanish, gritty, played the game as hard as he possibly could all the time. How I wished the Mets could have gotten him earlier in his career. He is an asset to any team he's on. I can compartmentalize that and keep it away from my met fandom. Up to a point, anyway. But the thing is, yea, I'll be mighty pissed at him, like I was last night, but I don't hate him. I hate the stuff he does to us. There's a big difference there. This was how it was for me with Pete Rose, who Chase could also be measured against in terms of balls to the wall hustle.

Utley fully expected to be plunked at one point during this series from the Mets. That pretty much says it all about what generation of player he comes from. Old School.

When dinosaurs like Chase Utley die out, watching baseball will be like watching a company softball game.
This isn't the first time I've expressed these sentiments:

I don't even want to get into the Utley playoff slide, because the idiot umps said they did not take it into consideration.

 Crew chief Tom Hallion post game statement to the media.
^courtesy of Michael Baron

@KeithOlbermann/via twitter
Another umpire who thinks the pregame ceremonies were for him. Adam Hamari has no business in a ballpark without a ticket #DeleteYourCareer 

Mets will play the rubber game tonight at 8pm. Yep, ESPN's got the game. LETS GO METS!!!

Mets Fantasy Cards passed 200,000 views last week. 
Thank you to all who visit .

Next up, a look at the 1986 reunion!

Photography by
John Munson, Andrew Mills, Tommy Gilligan, Geoff Burke, Elsa, Andy Marlin, Howard Simmons

"brush-forward" GIFcard 
.gif from harveydegrom via/ tumblr