Monday, April 25, 2016

mfc>>THIS WEEKEND IN METS BASEBALL!


The Mets lost the rubber game against the Phils in extra innings last Wednesday. Above you see some true baseball fans at the game in Philadelphia, kids who don't let their baseball allegiances come in between their friendships. I wish I knew who these kids were because I'd like them to see the card and know that I appreciated their humorous placards ( ha! Only Casey & I call 'em placards). 

This one below goes out to Liam Sullivan and his son Peter, another great fan of the game. Look at how Pete has his head in there. Who does that remind you of?


Michael Conforto maybe? 
Michael Conforto and Pete Sullivan are seeing the ball very well lately. The action below is from Sunday's game where Conforto drove in two with a sac fly and a wicked double to the base of the wall in right. That was Michael's 6th double and 10 RBI of '16.


I know what Keith would say. 
He'd say "I like how that young man keeps his head in there, he's going to be a fine hitter. Also, I hate these Mets uniforms from 1989."



I made the 1990mfc Keith because I ran into this photo and I have to display the worst Mets road jersey ever created. Let's get that out of the way. It's still better than Hernandez in an Indians uniform, though. BTW, that's Sullivan's rookie card so I recommend you put that in digital plastic. 
Cespedes and Duda did go back to back in that loss in Philly and let's hope we see a lot of that this summer. Duda looks to be in a hot-streak (and he's going the other way a lot), Granderson's coming around nicely, and Cespedes is Cespedes. 


Speaking of Cespedes, in a game on April 13th against the Marlins he made this fantastic effort for a foul ball at Citi. It was late in a 2-0 game, New York in the lead. I'll never question Yoenis's hustle again (I have in the past) but I still have to question his thought process. If this was a perfect game in the World Series, okay, but to take a risk like that in April is a bit helter skelter. Thankfully, all the spectators were okay. Cespedes banged up his leg a bit but could still stay in the game, and played Friday night. 
What a try.



Yoenis has not played since Friday night because he reaggravated his bruised leg on this slide pictured below. I hope this isn't a lingering thing. Because as good as his effort was, if we lose him in the lineup it wasn't worth it.


Curtis Granderson had a great game in the opener against the Atlanta Braves Friday night. He led off the game with a single, hit a grand salami in the 2nd inning and ripped another homer in the 4th . It's great to see Granderson coming around. Like last season, he's had a slow start, so I felt it was only a matter of time with him. 


I've been getting on Travis d'Arnaud's case a little lately so it's only fair to give him credit when he deserves it. Travis made this great grab in game 1 of the Atlanta series. 




This is a great photo by Kevin Cox. Below are some alternate views of the same moment. First you see the excellent photograph by Mr.Cox and then some screen grabs showing the same moment recorded by SNY cameras.




And if you look you can see Kevin actually taking the photograph. Pretty kool.















Great grab d'Arnaud. Great shot Kevin. Great camera work SNY.




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Steven Matz (2-1) won his second game in a row after his weak debut. Remember when the Fish fried him for 1.2 frames at Citi a few weeks ago? Me neither. Matz is looking good.  


He went 6.1 innings, scattering 2 runs and 9 hits. He issued 8 strikeouts and walked none.

David Wright has been shooting a lot of balls to right and right center. I expect we'll see a lot of that because he's always had power the other way. This is fine, and maybe easier on his back. Having said that, it was nice to see him pull a double in the 2nd game of the Atlanta series.


Jacob deGrom (2-0) returned and pitched a fine game Sunday. He went 5.2 and picked up the win allowing 1 run on 8 hits. He had 3 strikeouts and walked none. Henderson (3 holds), Robles (2 holds), Blevins (3 holds), and Familia (5 saves) closed it out for New York.


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This weeks regular issue mfc card will be Asdrubal Cabrera. What a great job he's doing at shortstop. Hitting for average and in the clutch, and like on Sunday he'll jack one from time to time. He's got baseball smarts and experience as he has displayed during the first month of the 2016 season.
With Cabrera and Walker, Sandy Alderson has fortified our middle infield.


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Time for a coach card!
Dan Warthen deserves an mfc card. Because I think he's a freakin' awesome pitching coach and his card reflects this.


My condolences to Mr. Warthen on the loss of his mother last week.

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Oh yea, we swept the Braves!
WooHoo!



>>>>New York has 23 home runs in the last 9 games.

>>>>Sunday marked the seventh time New York scored in the first inning on its nine-game road trip. The Mets are 10-3 when scoring first, 8-2 on the road.


>>>>OF Yoenis Cespedes was unavailable for the second straight day while nursing a sore leg that Collins said "could" linger into Monday night.

Coming up:
>>>>New York begins a nine-game homestand Monday night with RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 0.90) slated to start against Cincinnati RHP Raisel Iglesias (1-1, 3.09).

mfc will present favorite custom cards.

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Photographs by
Kevin C. Cox, Bill Streicher, Erik S. Lesser, Lori M. Nichols, Tim Hawk, John Amis, SNY.

Friday, April 22, 2016

mfc Salutes PRINCE


I feel kinda bad cause I took Prince for granted. 

He came on the scene & he was awesome from the get-go. He made Michael Jackson look like a child. He made Jimi Hendrix look like Jiminy Cricket. He started a party in 1982 that went on until the new millennium (& beyond. I can still party like that from time to time). 

He first reached my ears with Controversy (1981) and anyone who watched Mtv can recalls Little Red Corvette(1982). The Purple Rain soundtrack and film(1984) launched him into the stratosphere. I lost track of him in the later 80's and could see during the Super Bowl Halftime Show from 2007 that he hadn't lost any of his talents and edge.





He simply continued to be awesome his whole life, charting his own path thru the recording jungle, shunning the status quo, reinventing himself just like Bowie did, a number of times. More so resurrecting himself after self imposed exiles. Last album I bought by him had Rasberry Beret on it, so that was a loooong time ago.

I still sat up and paid attention anytime he appeared or did something new.


A sad day.


RIP Prince Rogers Nelson.

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A rainbow appears above Prince’s Paisley Park estate 

hours after his death


Thursday, April 21, 2016

mfc-deGrom-Verrett and what a week!


After a tepid offensive opening week to the 2016 season the New York Mets went into power mode, launching a team record 19 home runs in six games. If their bats are just starting to thaw out we are going to see a season for the ages.


Neil (DannyWho?) Walker (6) and Yoenis Cespedes (4) led the charge. Lucas Duda (2) and Michael Conforto (2) picked up the slack. Curtis Granderson (2) wants into this party and David Wright (2) shows why he's still the captain by setting the tone in Philadelphia.

Now batting third for the Mets, Michael Conforto
This sounds soooo sweet and I hope we'll be hearing this for many years to come.


 Lags gets two cards for that catch. Of course one must be a GIFcard because you have to see it.



I owed Jacob a regular issue card and here is his 2016 mfc. So happy and relieved that his newborn son Jaxon is outta the woods, and the whole family is together at home. deGrom will pitch against Atlanta on Sunday.


Does Logan Verrett deserve a card, or what!?!?
He's happy to help? I'm happy to make him a card.



>>On April 18th and 19th in Philadelphia the Mets hit four or more homers in consecutive games for the fifth time in franchise history and for the first time since Sept. 28-29, 2005. 


>> The last time the Mets hit six or more homers in a game was Aug. 24, 2015, at Philadelphia when they hit a franchise-record eight.


>>The Mets have won 20 of their last 27 games in Philadelphia, outscoring the Phillies 209-146. They have hit 31 homers in their last 13 games at Citizens Bank Park.
31 in 13 games!

We only have the 19 home runs so far this season so I don't see us breaking the franchise record for long balls in a month, but we certainly have a chance to eclipse that achievement during the 2016 season.


 I would love to be forced to make more record breaker cards (twist my arm) in 2016. So break a few more records guys.


What's it mean?

We aren't setting the world on fire like the Nats have, but everyone is healthy and things are looking good.
Lets Go Mets!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

2016 Home Opener!-Conforto Rated Rook!-GAMEGIF!




The defending National League Champion New York Mets took the field at Citi on a blustery Friday afternoon in Flushing, Queens. Before the game they hoisted the flag. Citi Field was packed beyond it's capacity with 44,099 fans attending. Met fans don't fear the cold.


Jacob deGrom got the start and allowed one run on five hits over six innings, striking out 6. He walked no one. Jacob was excellent but left the game after 6 innings with some tightness in his right lat. He had only thrown 76 pitches. 



Manager Terry Collins said deGrom was "still sore" on Sunday. He said there are still no plans to have deGrom undergo an MRI and announced he will use spot starter Logan Verrett on Wednesday night in deGrom's slot. Jacob said his lat tighness has improved but it's better to error on the side of caution.
Hopefully this is just due to the inclimate weather. And hopefully deGrom's wife has a healthy baby in the next few days. 
GAMEgif !! 
deGrom's got this.
It's not a card but it is a gif of the game. 
deGrom drove in the first run for the Mets in the 7-2 win over Philadelphia. Michael Conforto (3 rbi) and Neil Walker (2 rbi) put it away with some fine clutch hitting.
Let's give Walker an updated card with him on the Mets. I think we should keep him :)


Conforto's 2nd year mfc card!  Yep, he's still a Rated Rookie. 
Conforto is off to a nice start. Lets hope he keeps it going.


The Phillies had their chances in the home opener but blew 'em all. Even when we dropped an infield pop-up we got two outs from it. Ha!


Below we see Mets media guy Jay Horwitz in action. He's calling to apologize to someone that he butt dialed by mistake a few seconds earlier.


This concept for the IA card looked really good in my head before I made it. I started to design the IN ACTION card border when I saw this photo of Jay and I just had to find a way to use it. I thought a mash of  the 1972 & 2016 designs would be both now-kool and then-nostalgic. I don't think I pulled it off this time. I'll experiment further mashing old and new and you'll see it here.

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Gotta commemorate "The Catch!" in game two against the Phils. Colon pitched well but received no run support, losing 1-0.





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When I saw this photo of Keith Hernandez from The Topps Archives I knew right away that it had to go in a horizontal border. It's the same picture used in his actual 1985 Topps card, which makes it a little strange. I always loved Keith's '85 Topps. An excellent photo of him very seriously slashing a gapper to left-center.



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Veale's 1968 Topps Card
I ran into some newly discovered rare footage of Shea Stadium taken in April of 1967. 
What's that I see?
It's my elusive white wall!

Somehow the person filming it managed to avoid pointing the camera at the outfield wall. You can see above it, below it, off to both sides of it. But there are a very few frames of the rare white wall. The dead give-away is that the outfield dimensions displayed on the wall are black instead of white.


Did you watch that?! I think someone edited the white wall 
out of this footage! It's a conspiracy, I tells ya. There's only one way for me to find out. The Men In Black owe me one because I never revealed to the world that Willie McGee, ex- Cardinal outfielder, was actually an alien. 


So I'm gonna have to go back in time to opening day at Shea, 1967. 



I'll pick up a few packs of '67 Topps while I'm there.

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Photographs by Sharon Chapman, John Munson, Andrew Mills, USTSI.

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Fantasy Update: deGrom's regular issue mfc card has been earned. I owe him one. I'm just waiting for the perfect picture.


Reality update: We lost two of three from the Phils. Not good. We cannot allow the Phils to become a thorn in our side in 2016. 

Time to go on one of those eleven game winning streaks.