New York Mets

“The one sure thing about baseball is – you never know.” Yogi Berra? No. Casey Stengel? No. Try, Joaquin Andujar, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher.

As baseball analysts perform their post-season predictions in dogmatic fashion, history tells us uncertainty is the one certainty in the rear of almost every October baseball series.

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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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