Mets Through the Years: The All-Star(s), 2012
July 12th, 2012 by slangon

So far, halfway through the 2012 season, I don’t think that anyone in their right minds could possible complain at where the Mets find themselves. After everyone expecting the Mets to be the rug of the N.L. East, and after a horribly dismal Spring Training, the team finds themselves with a 46-40 record and are right in the thick of the wild card(s) race. The first 2 weeks after the break are going to be a huge test as all the teams they’ll be facing are teams that they’re in direct competition for for a post season berth. They have 3 games against the Braves, who’re just 1/2 ahead of them in the East. They have 3 against the Dodgers, who although are in first place in their division, are only 1/2 better than the Mets record-wise. That could come into play for a wild card. Finally, they have 6 games against the Nationals, who are in 1st place in the N.L. East but only 4 1/2 games ahead of the Mets. If they could get off to a nice start to the second half, that would go a long way in helping them to some October baseball. They sent 2 players to Kansas City this year, as well as a manager.

Thanks to his phenomenal first half, Wright was cruising to yet another All-Star start. Until that is, San Francisco fans pulled a play straight out of the Cincinnati Reds fans playbook and voted Pablo Sandoval in at the last second. Of course, considering Sadoval’s performance in the game and Wright’s performance, maybe that wasn’t such a bad idea. David went 0 for 2 with a strikeout.

Sudden media darling and all around cool dude R.A. Dickey made his first All-Star team this year. Considering that he’s the most awesome pitcher in the land, he probably should’ve been making his first All-Star start, but apparently his pitches are so kick ass that they can not be caught by other All-Star caliber players. So says Tony LaRussa. Oh well. Robert Allen still saw some action, working out of trouble in the sixth. He gave up a clean hit to Mike Trout, who then stole the first base against R.A. all year. He got Mark Trumbo to whiff and then plunked Paul Konerko. Things were all good though as he got Miguel Cabrera to ground into a double play.

Tony LaRussa had invited Terry Collins to join him as a coach in K.C. He even saw some in game action as apparently LaRussa was so bored with the game by the 9th inning that he couldn’t bother to make pitching changes himself. Instead he sent Terry and Ron Roenicke to do it for him. I think Terry gave Wade Miley the hook, but I can’t remember. By the way, what the hell uniform is Terry wearing on this card? Or is that just a wacked out color correction issue?

So there you have it. A look at every single Met to ever grace the stage at the All-Star game. Over the course of their history, they’ve been represented by 48 different players and 5 different managers. Tom Seaver has worn the blue and orange at the Mid-Summer Classic the most with 9 All-Star nods.

After not posting for God knows how long, I’ve churned out 51 posts in 4 days. And I’m exhausted.

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