The 2012 MLB Playoffs are in full “swing.” Get it? Swing? Ahhhhhh, thank you, thank you. I’ll be here all week. In all seriousness though, this past weekend saw lots of baseball action. Among that action is the now two games to none lead that the Cincinnati Reds have over the San Francisco Giants. The Reds second win came Sunday night thanks to the pitching of Bronson Arroyo and a pair of relievers. Arroyo along with Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman, and Joey Votto make up some of the best known players in the Reds’ current history. However, this legendary team has had so many other great names. Among that list of famed names is a man who played not just for the Reds but also for another equally beloved team in the New York Mets. His name is Tom Seaver.
Tom Seaver is most well known in Cincy for pitching a 4-0 perfect game against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 16, 1978. That’s just one of many games that made him so well known during his entire career. While he earned some fame in Cincinnati, Seaver is best known for his time with the New York Mets. He along with the likes of Mike Piazza, Dwight Gooden, and Carlos Delgado have made the Mets one of the league’s most beloved teams. Now thanks to MLB Productions and A&E Home Video, Mets fans and baseball fans alike can find out where Piazza, Seaver, Gooden, and Delgado fit on the list of The New York Mets’ Fifty Greatest Players.
The New York Mets Fifty Greatest Players is simply titled, a countdown of the fifty greatest players from the first half century of this NY squad’s history. The list was compiled by a group of broadcasters and sports historians. Interviews with broadcaster Howie Rose, comedian/actor Chris Rock, and a number of former Mets players help to illustrate why each player was placed where he was on the list. As each player is introduced, fans are given figures about each one’s career. Archived footage from Major League Baseball’s vaults help to further illustrate what makes each player deserving of a spot on this first half century list.
Also included with this single disc presentation are a number of bonus features also included in the Mets 50th Anniversary Collector’s Set. So fans that aren’t able to pick up that set will still be able to enjoy most of its features. Some of the additional pieces included in this presentation are included as bonus features. Others are included as additional main features that play immediately after the countdown. Among the bonus features included here are the team’s origins and some of its greatest games. There are also some other great Mets players and moments included as part of the disc’s main feature. All together, these extras and the countdown itself combine to make another great piece for the Mets’ legions of fans and for baseball fans in general. It’s available now and can be ordered online at http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13156463.
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