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The Mets don’t play at Shea Stadium any more. They moved over to the lovely Citi Field in 2009. The aren’t too many great memories left over from Shea – the 1986 World Championship and the Miracle Mets notwithstanding.

Last night, Brett Gardner made a catch which immediately reminded me of the Shea’s last great moment – the unbelievable Game 7 catch by Endy Chavez during the 2006 NLCS. Chavez robbed Scott Rolen in the sixth inning, preserving a 1-1 tie in a game the Mets went on to lose to the eventual World Series champions.

I remember watching this game on a flight to Vegas with 20 bros. It as the early days of live TV on airplanes so a huge group of dudes whooping it up on a quiet flight made the whole thing slightly surreal.

Brett Gardner’s catch wasn’t as awesome and it wasn’t in as big a moment, but it was still pretty great. Perfectly timed and executed, also preserving a tie in a game his team would eventually lose. The circle of life, man.

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Oakland Athletics v Houston Astros

It’s hard out there for a prospect. first, you need to keep your body in one piece long enough to make it to the big paydays of the Major Leagues. Then you need to prove that all your blue chip hype and bluster isn’t in vain, as you struggle to make the required adjustments to stay up in the world of lofty paychecks and expensive hotels.

Travis d’Arnaud and Brett Wallace are like two sides of the same coin, in a way. Well-regarded prospects who also happened to get traded more than once during their ascent to the big leagues. Wallace was drafted by the Cardinals, traded to the A’s as part of the Matt Holliday trade then moved to the Blue Jays in the aftermath of the Roy Halladay deal.

With the Jays he did what he did at every minor league stop: he raked. He hit the ball and posted appealing minor league batting averages, though his power numbers worried some in the supercharged offensive atmosphere of Las Vegas. The Jays eventually shipped Wallace to Houston in exchange for Anthony Gose, one of their original targets in the lead-up to the Halladay deal.

Brett Wallace seems to have found a home with the Astros, though his role is uncertain. Just as many feared as his body developed and his number of minor league at bats grew, Brett Wallace hasn’t really shown a great deal of power at the big league level. He has shown a stupendous ability to strikeout, however.

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Unlike previous subject of winter-based derision Target Field, Coors Field in Denver is more of a moving target. The weather in Denver is unpredictable. It’s in the mountains, for heaven’s sake! Sometimes it will snow out of the blue and then it will be fine, sunny and clear.

The Rockies and just about everybody involved with the team worked hard today to clear the field of snow (!) so the Rockies and Mets might get their doubleheader in today. Doubleheader, you say? Yes, because yesterday’s game was snowed out, you see.

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It was “weird hats” that took some of the blame for the New York Mets’ loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday. If the Mets struggle versus the Miami Marlins at home tonight, then it’s probably going to be those blue alternate jerseys that draw the ire of bizarro beat writers.

The Mets will be wearing one of two new blue alternates when they trot out at Citi Field on Friday night. No word if it’s the ‘Mets’ or ‘New York’ model that will be worn tonight. We do know that Jeremy Hefner will be wearing one, though.

The Mets announced that they would be wearing two new alternates for the 2013 season back in November. For more on the Mets new look, and what else is new in uniforms and logos for 2013, check out Chris Creamer’s latest at Getting Blanked.

New York Mets v Washington Nationals

New York Mets left-handed pitcher Johan Santana, who is dealing with a probable re-tear of the anterior capsule in his left shoulder, has decided to undergo surgery in hopes of saving his career.

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St Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

2012 Record: 74-88, 4th NL East
2012 Pythagorean Record: 75-87
Impact Player: 3B David Wright
Impact Pitcher: LHP Jonathan Niese
Top Prospect: RHP Zack Wheeler 

Significant Acquisitions: C Travis d’Arnaud, RHP Shaun Marcum, C John Buck, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Scott Atchison, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Marlon Byrd, OF Collin Cowgill, LHP Aaron Laffey, C Anthony Recker, IF Omar Quintanilla, RHP Greg Burke, RHP Carlos Torres, C Landon Powell 

Significant Departures: RHP R.A. Dickey, CF Andres Torres, RHP Mike Pelfrey, RHP Chris Young, LF Jason Bay, OF Scott Hairston, C Josh Thole, RHP Ramon Ramirez, RHP Jon Rauch, RHP Manny Acosta, IF Ronny Cedeno, RHP Miguel Batista, C Mike Nickeas, C Kelly Shoppach

The New York Mets are smack in the middle of what appears to be a long rebuilding phase. General Manager Sandy Alderson and his administration have so far been able to stave off the rabid New York media and fanbase and are quietly going about their business in a slow and measured manner. New York is coming off their fourth straight losing season and this past winter—more than the first two under Alderson—they started to completely remake the makeup of the franchise.

First, they signed face-of-the-franchise and “team captain” David Wright to an eight-year, $138-million extension ensuring that he’ll be around for the next good Mets team. Then they dealt reigning NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays for a package including top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud and right-hander Noah Sydergaard. Combined with an emerging core of prospects that includes righthander Zack Wheeler and shortstop Gavin Cecchini, the Mets system is turning around in a hurry. The Mets will probably be bad for another year or two, but they are quickly setting themselves up to be an NL giant again soon.

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San Diego Padres v Milwaukee Brewers

According to a report from Adam Rubin at ESPN New York, the New York Mets have “legitimate concerns” about Shaun Marcum’s availability to open the season. Marcum is dealing with a neck strain, which he suffered during a Monday bullpen session. He is scheduled for an examination today.

At this point, not much is clear, although Marcum is all but certain to miss his next spring start. If Marcum hits the disabled list then left-hander Aaron Laffey or Chris Young figure to be potential candidates to fill the void. The Mets sent Laffey to minor league camp following a rough outing on Sunday, and Young was just granted his release from the Washington Nationals.

The Mets inked Marcum to a one-year deal worth $4 million in January, and he was on track to be the club’s No. 2 starter behind Jonathan Niese. Marcum missed chunks of time in 2012 with injuries to his elbow and calf.