WHAT IF I TOLD YOU …

Curtis Granderson

The New York Mets are 6-3. They have won four in a row and are tied for first place in the National League East. Granted, it’s April, the season is 10 days old and they swept the Philadelphia Phillies. Still, consider the following:

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BROKEN

astros

Dickie Thon described it this way: “It was like a boom … a dead sound. Like a thud.”

Today, the boxscore reads HBP (hit by pitch) but, for Thon, it was more than that. The Astros All-Star shortstop had been hit by a pitch major league pitches four times prior to April 8, 1984. No. 5 — a fastball by New York Mets pitcher Mike Torrez — fractured Thon’s orbital bone around his left eye, changing his life and career.

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SPRING SWAGGER OR NAIVETE?

Noah Syndergaard

Spring Training comes with its own measure of swagger. Optimism is the size of a grapefruit. Predictions of an October pennant race sound as sweet as a sun-kissed Florida orange. From Florida to Arizona, managers and coaches spew sweet accolades on the crop of prospects while players gush giddy gibberish sweeter than the citrus of a pomelo.

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