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Magical season

Easy call

@RADickey43

R.A. Dickey has been extremely mediocre during his 16 years in major league baseball. He’s a .500 pitcher with an ERA a bit above 4. In 2012, however, he had a season that was anything but mediocre. He won the National League Cy Young award by a landslide.

He came into the game, pictured above, with an 11-1 record and 2.00 ERA. He was on a roll, having won his prior 9 games–3 by shutout. He had struck out 25 batters in his prior two starts, and at least 8 in each of his prior 7 starts.

This game, against the Yankees, did not go his way (other than this score of his). The Mets lost, although Dickey didn’t take the loss. He rebounded, though, and threw a shutout in his next outing.

Citi Field panorama

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Mets vs. Yankees

When I visit a new stadium for the first time (especially when it is also likely my last time too) I don’t like to sit in one seat the entire game. However, when it is a Yankees vs. Mets game, the game will be sold out and not many empty seats can be found to move into. I found a few seats in the very back row behind home plate to watch an inning from. The banter in this location between the Mets and Yankees fans was quite hilarious.

The Mets and Yankees face off later this month over Memorial Day Weekend. Two games will be played at Citi Field followed by two in Yankee Stadium.

David Wright’s Grand Slam Saves Team USA in WBC

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David Wright of the New York Mets (and Team USA in the 2013 WBC)

A win today (against Canada) for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic and they will move on to the next round in Miami. Today’s game may have been meaningless, and they would already be eliminated had they lost to Italy yesterday. However, David Wright hit a grand slam with the score tied, and Team USA held on for the 6-2 victory.

Today’s photo was taken at the Mets-Yankees game I went to at Citi Field in Queens, New York in June of 2012.

2012 NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey

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National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey throws a knuckleball to a New York Yankees hitter

Congratulations to R.A. Dickey for winning the 2012 Cy Young Award. I like guys like Dickey, who exceed expectations and don’t have a ridiculous salary. He has never made more than $4.3M in a season. Once a guy starts making $10 or 20 million a year I have a hard time liking him.

I saw Dickey play at the end of his improbable run in late June. From May 22 until I saw him pitch at home against the Yankees on June 24 he started 6 games and was nearly perfect during that stretch. He not only won all of those games, but he only gave up 1 earned run (in the first game) and was averaging more than 10 strikeouts a game. Unfortunately for the Mets, the streak ended the night I was there and he gave up five runs to the Yankees. He was never quite that good during the rest of the year, but he was plenty good enough to win the Cy Young Award on the season, given to the best pitcher in the league.

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Let the MLB playoffs begin!

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The Mets won’t be there, but my A’s will. Hopefully, I can still say that in a week.

Today’s Topps Starting Lineup

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After the free concert in Central Park, I got on the New York Subway to Queens to check out Citi Field. The neighborhood around the stadium is pretty grim, but inside Citi Field is one of the nicest ballparks I’ve ever seen.

As you enter the main entrance you head up an escalator and at the top are giant baseball cards showing you the Mets starting lineup for the day. These are real cards, not a video projection, so someone has to physically change these every day. The cards pictured here are from the 2012 Topps set. I’m guessing they have new ones each year.

From left to right the cards are:
Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Daniel Murphy
David Wright
Lucas Duda
Ike Davis
Scott Hairston
Omar Quintanilla
Josh Thole
RA Dickey

The actual starting lineup ended up being different so I don’t know if there was a late change or if they just try to predict the starting lineup with the cards since they have to have it in place more than a couple hours before the game, and the real starting lineup isn’t usually announced until about an hour before the game.

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