Wednesday, November 30, 2016

mfc 2017 BORDER DESIGN #1 & the Updated '17mfc CESPEDES card!

Using the 2017 Topps border as inspiration I have come up with this design for the 2017 mfc Mets Season Set cards. I can't say this is the final version. There's is plenty of time between now and the '17 season and I'm always messing with stuff. I'm not totally satisfied with it. But I've also been working on it off and on all day and I'm sick of looking at it. ;) Maybe if I step off a few days I'll view it differently. Any suggestions or criticism is welcome.

Photo by Steve Moore
 I do like this though. It contains elements of the Topps design, includes a border based on that design, and I unscrunched the best logo known to man and the universe, which was a priority. With this more horizontal/verticle layout (as opposed to the Topps slant) I can complete the font work much quicker. It also provides plenty of space for the player picture, always a concern for me.

Hearing Cespedes during the press conference this afternoon really pumped me up for 2017.

Cespedes: "..Godwilling, I will finish up my career with this team."
Alderson: " Godwilling and a no trade clause, by the way."


Tuesday, November 29, 2016


The waiting was, of course, the hardest part. But we didn't have to wait all that long. I figured this wouldn't be resolved until after the New Year, but here we are, not even December yet and we have the gift that hopefully keeps on giving, Yoenis Cespedes.

So now we can all relax and enjoy the upcoming holidays with talk of "will we get Yo back?" off the table. I didn't think we could get him to take four years (@$110 million). I figured five minimum. This is a great deal and fantastic news! Thank you for pulling this off Mr. Alderson! And thank you for deciding to stay, Mr. Cespedes! You have made all Mets fans very happy campers. 
Already the 2017 season is going well and it's not even 2017 yet. I like.

I didn't see the Topps 2017 baseball card design until I heard the news about Yo earlier today and decided I had to make a card to celebrate. Overall it's a great design. 
But I have my little idiosyncrasies. Once again, as in 2016, Topps messed with the best logo known to man and the universe. This time they scrunched it! AHHHH! 
Also, no defined border.

So more than likely the final MFC design for 2017 will add a border of some kind and I'll most certainly be unscrunching the logo to make it as Gotto intended, circular. 

There's an outside chance I might design a 2017 Season Set border from scratch. The angled font and logo were particularly painful to reproduce. Topps is getting difficult ;) .

The card above is just a quick mock up job to add to the celebration.  
When re-worked this card will be numero uno of the mfc2017 Mets Season Set!

Topps gets a free commercial. 
Coming in February :)


Photo of Yoenis Cespedes by Steve Moore

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The mfc Bartolo Colon Collection. 2014,2015,2016.

The mfc Bartolo Colon Collection.

I was sad we had to part ways with Bartolo Colon.
I wasn't going to post anything but the more I thought about it how could I not?

If all I had to keep me warm this off season was the memory of his historic home run it would have sustained me. I've endured seasons with lesser highlights, as have we all at one time or another. His time with New York was something special.

These are all the cards (31) and graphics shared by mfc involving Colon, who recently slipped over to the Braves where he and R.A. Dicky can sit in rocking chairs and pitch every fifth day.

If you want to see exactly what Colon did stats wise as a Metropolitan
please visit Colon's page at The Mets Database.
There is also a nice custom card collection included there.


This was the very first thing posted that included Colon^. Off season. It was during this time, late 2013, early 2014, when this blog went in the direction of current Mets history as opposed to miraculous moments of the past. This was due in no small part to the arrival of Harvey and Wheeler, soon followed by deGrom and Syndergaard. And fortunately we have caught the team in what I'm sure Metropolitan history will describe as "an upswing". We made it to the World Series in '15, for crying out loud. Wildcard in '16 and we are not finished.

But look how things stand now. Matt Harvey is a question mark and Noah Syndergaard an exclamation point. deGrom could end up better than both of them and Matz is no slouch. Wheeler will return and we will see what we have there.
And through it all there was Bartolo Colon.

I was surprised to see that I made more mfc Colon cards than I recall. Most of this is due to the mfc 2014 Mets Season Set which had one card for each game. These cards were not posted here but on a separate blog. It was a fun exercise but I'd never do that again. Some nights it was like, UGH crap, I have to make the card.

You can see I wasn't playing favorites with the card captions. But the ride with Bart contained many bumps, especially at the start, as you will see. 

Falters in a big game out of the gate. Against the nemesis Nats. GAH!

You can sense that I'm still a little bit angry at Colon due to his previous outing against Washington. lil' bit. I'm thinking: okay, I gotta be polite. He pitched an excellent game. I still wasn't sure what to make of Colon at this point though. And if I was leaning it wasn't in his favor.

 I think I did too good a job on this card above^ because looking at it brings it all back in a flood of horror. I had deleted this game from my memory. And that's really what that game felt like. The Bugs Bunny cartoon with the baseball players dancing around the diamond scoring run after run.

King Bart was literally on again/off again at the start of his tenure with the Mets. More on than Chris Young though, pound for pound. In the game captured above I got the impression that Bart was truly an artist on the mound, and it's reflected in the card.

lol. Man, I can be such a dick sometimes.^ 
But Big Sexy was a big steaming pile of something smelly the night he gave up 7 runs in 4.2 innings.
I calls 'em as I sees 'em. 

See^, I can be fair and considerate when the need be.

Eventually Colon got his groove back after a few months and from that moment on watching him pitch was like watching a guy throw a Trac-ball™.

<I'm not responsible if you watch this entire clip. That's time you won't get back. But look at the first 3 or 4 pitches. 
That's trac-ball. 
I loved trac-ball but it was one of those back yard things that lasted a summer, maybe two at the most. Whiffle ball always dominated the back yard when I was a kid, and many a shingle was knocked off the house as a result.

Bart went 8 full innings in the game above. He gave up 1 run and it was to Matt Carpenter who went yard leading off the game. After that Colon scattered 3 hits while completely shutting the Cardinals down. He also stroked a double and scored in the 6th. 

Everyone in the starting line-up did hit. 
Colon had a single in the 4th, which back then was big news especially since he gapped a double in his previous outing.

Bart at the plate was something not to be taken seriously and obviously not something to be taken lightly. His at bats became comic relief. Something almost apart from the game.
The thought of a Bartolo Colon home run?
Come on! Impossible.

The thing is this: it just wasn't even a thought.

Almost perfect wasn't being over dramatic. Colon retired the first 20 Mariners he faced in this contest before allowing a single with 2 out in the 7th. He couldn't get through the 8th, surrendering two runs on two hits. In those days Juerys Familia was holding down the 8th inning and he came on for the last two outs. Then ©loser Jenrry Mejia almost blew it in the 9th, allowing two to reach, but was able to reel in the save.

These were the days Colon became so much fun to watch. From here on out. You usually could tell right away if Bart had it or not on any given day. That was always a distinct possibility, that he would have zip and suddenly you're watching a T-ball game. Fortunately as time went by these blow-ups were less and less frequent. And when he sucked you accepted it just like he did. Shrugged it off. Because next time out he always got back in his groove.

In 2014 the Mets won 17 and lost 14 in games started by Bartolo Colon. The plump pitcher won 15 and lost 13 with a 4.09 ERA. Most impressively he did what he does best, eating up 202 innings.


Bart opened the Mets 2015 season against the Washington Nationals. In 6 innings he allowed only 3 hits, one of them a bomb by Bryce "The Brat" Harper. It was Colon's first decision of the year when Lucas "The Lumberjack" Duda secured him a "W" with a single that drove in two during the Mets half of the 6th. New York would go on to win 3-1.

How did this work?
Did Bart take full advantage of the 11 game winning streak in early 2015,
or did the streak take full advantage of Bart? 

Bart was awarded many a brew while consuming innings in New York.
Over time he became very popular with Metropolitan fans.
Just by being Bart.

He always looked happy, relaxed. He really was as cool as a cucumber.
The play above will live in infamy, as it should.

His run was a big contribution to a team that needed them all in 2015.

Big Sexy was an integral cog in the wheels that rolled New York into the Big Show in 2015.

from 2015:
I felt bad for Bartolo Colon. He deserved a better fate in his first ever World Series appearance.
At 42 years and 157 days, he became the oldest pitcher to lose a World Series game. The previous oldest was Grover Alexander (41.222) in 1928.


In 2015 the Mets won 15 games that Bartolo Colon started and lost 16. 
His record was 14-13 to the tune of a 4.16 ERA. 
He made 31 starts & put 194.2 innings in his belly.


Big Sexy had a big sexy 2016 campaign, winning 15 while only losing 8. He dropped his ERA to 3.43 and had his best season in blue and orange. Colon made all 32 of his starts although he put in less innings at 191.2, still an impressive number.  

He still had his off nights and this was an especially crucial one^.

A Willie Mays type catch gets the Willie Mays type treatment.

Truly a divine moment.
This will stay with me for a long time, that feeling that, OMG, yes, the impossible can happen. No other team has consistently shown their fans that this is true. It should be our Metropolitan motto:
The Impossible Can Happen!

I laugh every time I view this. Gary's best HR call ever.


Colon was here long enough to get a THROWBACK TIME card.

An mfcNOW card 
commemorating a 
ToppsNOW card! 

Isn't that special? 

Basically, back in late 2013 during the off-season, the Mets picked up Bartolo Colon to eat up innings while our new arms were brought along. He did that and so much more. We were very fortunate to have had Bart these last three years. I'll remember him as the big sexy blubber armed artistic pitcher who could and did, more than not.

I wish Mr. Colon well. It was a pleasure to watch him ply his craft. I hope he continues on to become the winningest pitcher from the Dominican Republic in the history of the game.  And it should go without typing that I hope he sucks when he pitches against the Mets. 

I understand Thor (aka/Little Sexy) is also bummed about Big Sexy's departure. Hey Noah, you guys should have run! I think you had a better chance than we thought.

Walker accepts the qualifying offer. Hmm. Not totally surprised though. And this shouldn't effect the Cespedes situation.