I was fortunate enough to catch the Mets’ opening weekend, thanks to a free preview of MLB Extra Innings.
Opening Night was a crystallization of much that I expect will be wrong with the Mets this year: a jaw-grindingly enigmatic showing from Pelfrey, a somnolent offensive performance.
Things improved over the next two games, though. Heck, by Sunday the Marlins’ announcers were fairly well disgusted that their boys were losing to a team that “we’re supposed to be better than.”
A Saturday highlight was the 10th inning battering of Ryan Webb, who left the game with the indignity of an infinite ERA (0 IP, 3 ER).
But son of a Met, I didn’t realize he was the offspring of our own Hank Webb, pictured here on his high-number ’73 rookie card.
The final series of the ’73 Topps set contained 16 of these three-player rookie cards, and I was always kind of ashamed that out of those 48 available slots, the Mets could only land the one.
Hank’s neighbor here Charlie Hough was making his second straight appearance on a multi-player rookie card, and was one of a total of 5 Dodgers to be featured in the ’73 subset.
Hank pitched in parts of five seasons for the Mets, mostly in relief, and won a total of 7 games, all in ’75. He tossed 115 innings that year, yet, astoundingly, managed to strike out only 38 batters. In a league without a DH.
I believe it was Walter Scott (or perhaps Mike Scott) who once almost said, “Oh! What a tangled Webb we weave, when first we practice to relieve”…