Thursday, October 10, 2013

#222 - Hubie Brooks

What a card: This is the final card of Hubie Brooks in his first go-round as a Met. He was traded to the Expos in the deal for Gary Carter by the time this card arrived in packs.

My observation on the front: That body-length piping looks so '80s now, but we never gave it a thought then.

More opinion from me: For some really weird reason, I often think that Brooks was on the 1986 Mets. I'll bet Brooks wishes he was on the '86 Mets, but he wasn't.

Something you might know: Brooks enjoyed a strong rookie season during the strike season of 1981 and finished third in the NL ROY voting behind Fernando Valenzuela and Tim Raines.

Something you might not know: In 1989, while playing right field for the Expos, Brooks went back on a ball hit by the Phillies' Von Hayes. Brooks jumped in the air and the ball disappeared on him. He looked in his glove but the ball wasn't there. He looked in the stands. Not there. The ump told him, it's a home run if you can't find the ball. But then Brooks tore down the sign on the right field fence that honored the Expos' 1981 NL East title, and the ball fell out. The ump signaled ground-rule double.

My observation on the back: At the time, I didn't think I'd ever see another triple crown winner. But I did.

The blog wants to speak now: The TV category is updated. A fat tub of goo appears on Letterman.


jacobmrley said...

This was his last Mets card before the Carter trade. Brooks came back to the Mets for a second go around in 1991. He hit 2 homers on opening day and didn't do much else the rest of the year. You might want to reconsider the wording of that sentence.

night owl said...


Stack22 said...

This trade should have delivered multiple WS to the Expos and been a source of shame for the Mets for decades to come. But only Hubie played as expected. Fitz was ok but never great, 1st rd draft pick Herm Washington never delivered and Floyd similarities with Gooden were much more obvious off the field than on it.