Saturday, April 14, 2012

1986 Fleer #U-52 Tom Hume

Mets 5, Phillies 0
Game 8 - Saturday Afternoon, April 14th in Philadelphia
Record - 3-5, 4th Place, 3 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Mets got to Vance Worley early and the offense managed just six singles as the Phillies lost in frustrating fashion, 5-0.

What It Means:  Cole Hamels will try to help the team avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon.

What Went Wrong:  The offense had six singles.  I know we're only eight games into the season, but this is getting old.

Featured Card:  When the Phils win, it's relatively easy to come up with a baseball card I want to feature within the game summary post.  I'll typically feature a current card of one of the stars of the game.  Easy.  When the team loses, it's not that easy.  And when the loss is against the Mets in April and the complete lack of offense is starting to make me grumpy (and nervous), it's really not that easy.

Which is why we have a Tom Hume card featured here.  Hume was the subject of today's "Stump the Experts" trivia question on this afternoon's television broadcast.  The question was along the lines of:  "Name the current Mets coach who hit a game-winning grand slam off Phillies reliever Tom Hume."  It's kind of a random question, and I thought it was a weak way to attempt to "Stump the Experts."  Even without recalling that specific situation in the mid-80's when the Phillies lost to the Mets on a walk-off grand slam, with Hume on the mound, it's kind of easy to narrow down the answer.

A quick scan of the Mets dugout would reveal three former Major League hitters currently on the team's coaching staff who could have delivered the blow against Hume - Bob Geren, Tom Goodwin and Tim Teufel.  I'm pretty sure the first two guys never played for the Mets, so the answer has to be Teufel.  And the records show that Teufel did in fact hit a walk-off grand slam against Hume back on June 10, 1986.  And there you have it.  The most interesting thing to happen during today's game was a crappy trivia question mentioning Tom Hume.

I hope the Phillies win tomorrow.

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