We’re No. 1 and Stuff

Here’s to the Mets for not allowing that shameful showing in the opener to prevent them from claiming first place to themselves by series’ end. Seems we were fortunate to catch Philly while Chase Utley suffered a severe case of the sucks, but if 2007 taught us anything it’s that the winners can’t choose how ugly the losers turn out to be.

With the uniform number roulette temporaily slowed down — at least until they call up a guy to take Pedro Martinez‘s again-delayed start on Saturday (word coming in as as I write this is Brandon Knight, currently wearing No. 15 for your New Orleans Zephyrs), or Ryan Church arrives, or the trade deadline occurs… or whatever — we have a few uni oddities to ponder.

Reader Michael sent along these here images of Jose Reyes wearing unfamilar numbers. While Reyes has occupied No. 7 for his entire Met career (except for Jackie Robinson Day this season), these are extrametular: No. 9for his stint with the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic; andNo. 28, I presume, from Binghamton prior to his callup but I’ll let you experts out there tell me for sure.

The below team shot of hideously-dressed 1979 ballplayers on a tour of Japan, first published on Uni Watch this week, subsequently generated a fair amount of discussion at the Crane Pool Forum. The multistriped hats aren’t 1976 pillbox throwbacks but renderings in the then-contemporary style in Japan (the 1976 lids had three stripes, not five). But what knocks me out are the contrasting styles of the numerals on the Mets jerseys worn by John Stearns and Joel Youngblood, respectively (see a larger image here). Can anyone offer an explanation of Youngblood’s incorrect No. 1?

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by Scott Pirrung (not verified) on Fri, 07/25/2008 – 10:18am.
    Yo. Can’t help you with your question, but answer me this: Where was Seaver on the night of the All-Star game. I’m sure there was a good reason for his not being there in NY but I haven’t caught what is was(?).

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    He was apparently tending to

    Submitted by Jon Springer on Fri, 07/25/2008 – 10:33am.
    He was apparently tending to his vineyards in California. That’s the official word at least. I applaud Seaver for blowing off the overwrought pretend Yankee Stadium funeral. That’s not his bag. I’m pretty sure he’ll be back East for the HOF ceremony.

    Dude, you won’t believe which Bon Jovi-resembling frater sent me an email just recently… and the Met-lovin’ jerseyite we subsequently tracked down either.

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    The footage of Seaver

    Submitted by Dave Mackey (not verified) on Fri, 07/25/2008 – 6:45pm.
    The footage of Seaver swinging around the champagne bottles in ’69 cries out to be used in an ad for his winery.

    I’ll try to get a number on Knight. They just showed him in the dugout but he was hugging the rail and I couldn’t see his number.

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    I believe that Gary said

    Submitted by Gordon Handler (not verified) on Fri, 07/25/2008 – 6:53pm.
    I believe that Gary said that Knight was wearing 28.

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    I can see future ex-Mets

    Submitted by Ranjrz5 on Fri, 07/25/2008 – 8:04pm.
    I can see future ex-Mets John Candelaria and George Foster… and what’s Willie Hernandez doing in the middle of a group of National Leaguers?

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    That’s Aurelio “Senor Smoke”

    Submitted by Jon Springer on Fri, 07/25/2008 – 9:43pm.
    That’s Aurelio “Senor Smoke” Lopez, not Willie Hernandez, though I get ’em confused all the time too.
    He apparently wandered into the wrong shot: It was an exhibition of AL vs. NL I am told.

    Dave Kingman (top left) was an ex-Met, a future Met and a future ex-Met. And don’t forget the Tugger in the second row.

    Raging debate: Is the Phillie kneeling in front Schmidt … or Bowa?

    Thanks guys for the update on Knight!

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    The shot of Reyes wearing 24

    Submitted by dgwphotography (not verified) on Fri, 07/25/2008 – 10:12pm.
    The shot of Reyes wearing 24 is not from Binghamton – I think that’s from a spring training game – He wore 2 while in Binghamton:

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    I had McGraw confused with

    Submitted by Ranjrz5 on Fri, 07/25/2008 – 11:32pm.
    I had McGraw confused with Pete Rose… didn’t recognize Kingman. There’s also the daddy of future ex-Met Gary Matthews Jr. standing near Youngblood.

    I’m thinking it’s Bowa… he had a mustache around that time.

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    Fill me in. I’ll include

    Submitted by Scott (not verified) on Mon, 07/28/2008 – 9:15pm.
    Fill me in. I’ll include some DE TKE news.

    I think it’s Schmidt, Bowa was super thin in his playing days.


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