Archive: March 18th, 2008

This Bud’s For You

Rheingold beer canThe long-awaited news of whether or not Budweiser will be available at Citi Field has finally been announced: no worries, Bud will be poured at Shea this season and be a “signature partner” at Citi Field.

Personally, I would have liked to have seen Rheingold Beer back at the ballpark … but that’s just me.

I guess this means I’ll once again have to walk six miles around the park to find the one vendor who carries something slightly palatable, such as Brooklyn Lager …

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Where Are They Now: Ron Hunt

Ron Hunt with the New York MetsOK, I’m stealing the headline from Newsday … but we were doing it here first (weren’t we?).

Anyway …

For those who weren’t there, Ron Hunt broke into the bigs with the Mets in 1963, and was the first player to get a hit, score a run, and hit a homer at Shea Stadium. His claim to fame was the ability to get in the way of pitched balls — he holds the NL record for hit by pitches in a season with 50, and is fifth all-time in MLB with 243 in his career. That may not seem like such a big deal until you remember that wearing body armor was against the rules, and the helmets back then weren’t as impact-resistant as they are now — in fact they didn’t even have ear flaps. I won’t go into the rest of his stats and highlights because Amazin’ Avenue has already done a great job of that.

These days, Hunt gives lessons and runs baseball instruction programs in Missouri, and also offers to travel to you for instruction — see Ron Hunt Baseball for more information. I am certain that the former All-Star teaches skills beyond ducking into pitches.

In addition to helping kids with their baseball skills, Hunt returns to New York at least twice a year for fundraising events. Considering his history as a “Shea Original”, I’d hope that he’s part of a “goodbye to Shea” event this season — assuming one is held. Kind of strange we haven’t yet heard anything from the Mets’ PR department on that issue.

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