Jacob deGrom has been banged up a bit his last two starts, so it’s great to see him pitching 7 innings (so far) with 9 Ks and 1 earned run. And with the bats in support, the Mets are winning 5 – 1 against the Orioles. All great news!
So I figured what better time than now to reflect that just last Saturday, May 2nd (ahem, My Birthday!), was deGnome Day! I truly loved this idea. Traditionally, MLB teams “Bobble Head” their star players, but I am really liking this new spin on baseball memorabilia. This is the second only gnome that a MLB team has released as a promo item, the first being Jayson Werth of the Nationals. Oh, and I’m a huge sucker for anything free at baseball games. Once, at a Nationals home game, I was all about the free t-shirts shot out of the t-shirt cannon. Fun Fact: A foot-long hot dog is wrapped within the Nationals Park t-shirts; some sort of weird tradition that I wish I knew about before leaving the shirt in my bag for a few days!
But I digress…My wife, Cathy, brought me to the Mets/Nats game on May 2nd, and I was very happy to be able to grab two deGnomes.
One of course, will be mine, which I will call my precious and keep in the box as a collector’s piece. So far on eBay, the Jacob deGrom Gnomes are selling for over $45! Jayson Werth’s can go over $150, so I’m hoping as long as he does well, the deGrom Gnome won’t de-Value.
The other will be going to my son, Jack. I’m a huge collector of everything Mets, sci-fi, geek and pop culture, some of which I’ll get into in future posts. It’s really important to me to have traditions and be able to pass on those traditions to Jack. Although I loved my Dad, something that sticks with me to this day is we never had a recurring thing that we could bond over. I don’t want to be that kind of dad with Jack, so I want to bring him to Mets games and collect bobble heads, gnomes, baseball cards and anything else that him and I can identify our relationship with. I know he’ll grow up one day and not have time for all my “traditions,” but that time is still a long ways away, so I don’t need to think about that just yet! In the meantime, I can remain an oblivious dad that assumes my son will love everything I love!
Oh, and I also got to see my 50th Anniversary Brick, which again, my loving wife gave me for Christmas 2012. Cathy is a lot of things but most definitely a patient woman. After all, she has to deal with me on a daily basis! She’s also a Yankees fan, so this is a pretty big deal for her to put up with my Mets obsessions and come to games with me. I know she’ll try to make Jack a Yankees fan, but the brick speaks for itself: True Mets Fans Are Born Here. Lets Go Mets!