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Passing along this note from the Mets:
Hall of Famer Tom Seaver earned his first Major League victory during his illustrious career 45 years ago tomorrow (April 20, 1967), when he went 7 1/3 innings to turn back the Chicago Cubs, 6-1, at Shea Stadium. Seaver had five strikeouts, including one of Ernie Banks. The first 25,000 fans attending Sunday’s 1:10 p.m. game against the Giants can reminisce about Seaver’s accomplishments when they receive a Tom Seaver bobblehead presented by Citi. The Seaver bobblehead is the first of a series of five which also features: Rusty Staub, Keith Hernandez, Edgardo Alfonzo and Mike Piazza as the Mets honor their 50th Anniversary.
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The Mets have released their bobblehead schedule for the 2012 season and it’s throwback-themed. As part of their 50th-anniversary celebration, the Mets will give away bobbleheads of some of the key figures in franchise history. Here’s the complete list:
April 22 vs. SF: Tom Seaver
May 26 vs. SD: Rusty Staub
June 17 vs. CIN: Keith Hernandez
July 21 vs. LAD: Edgardo Alfonzo
Aug. 25 vs. HOU: Mike Piazza
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My first reaction tonight upon seeing that Matt Garza had thrown a no-hitter involved the Mets. By pitching the first no-no in Rays franchise history, Garza reduced the number of Major League teams without a no-hitter to two: the Mets and Padres.
It is simply astounding that the Mets, a franchise with two World Series championships that has been around for 49 seasons, has never had a no-hitter. They have employed some of the most electric pitchers in history, from Tom Seaver to Dwight Gooden. They have played their home games for 47 of their 49 seasons in notorious pitcher’s parks. They have played nearly 8,000 regular season games in total. And still nothing.
Four teams had never thrown no-hitters heading into this season, but Ubaldo Jimenez crossed the Rockies off that list in April and Garza has now done so for the Rays. Now it’s just the Mets and Padres, two expansion teams from the 1960s, who have never had one. And the Mets had a seven-year head start on the Friars, who have never won a World Series.
(In case you were wondering, the Mets have been no-hit four times, most recently by Houston’s Darryl Kyle in 2003. So there’s that.)
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