So there’s nothing going on and I have a meeting. Fortunately my buddy Hayes @godgoogler handed in a guest post! He even went the extra step of proving URLs for the videos. No mention of Murph?
While Jacob DeGrom did strike three guys out in his ASG appearance last night, Mike Trout took him deep and I think he’ll be more remembered for that than for dominating the three other hitters. Fair or not, a homer is a homer.
But I’d like to go through the top 5 ASG Mets Memories that I have. These are games I saw live—-so sorry Seaver and Matlack fans but those early 70s games are just before my time. (I was born in 1970).
So here are my favorites in reverse order:
#5: 2006: David Wright blasted a homer in the game and made the finals of the Home run Derby losing to Ryan Howard.
If you really wanted a DeGrom memory to hold on to, this one was it. He struck out the side on 10 pitches sitting down….Stephen Vogt, Jason Kempkis and Jose Iglesias. Not exactly murderers row, but hey 10 pitches is 10 pitches.
#3: 2013: TDK…yes he was a baby. But he started this game and threw 2 scoreless innings.
Gooden was also the youngest all star in history at 19. In his second inning, Lou Whitaker grounded out Gooden to Hernandez, Eddie Murray then hit a windblown double into short left field that Ozzie Smith nearly caught.
Cal Ripken grounded out Schmidt to Hernandez and then Dave Winfield flew out to Tim Raines in LF. Two scoreless innings and he pitched to Gary Carter.
The link is the whole game. Which is cool because there are cheesy commercials and Al Michaels, Howard Cosell and Don Drysdale were the broadcast crew. Fernando Valenzuela also struck out the side, which I believe may be the only time two pitchers did that in the same All Star game.