Saturday, October 3, 2009
#735) LASTINGS MILLEDGE
Lastings Milledge was drafted by the New York Mets in the first round (12th overall pick) of the 2003 amateur draft. On June 4, 2006 at Shea Stadium he hit a solo home run off San Francisco Giants closer Armando Benitez to tie up the game 6-6 in the bottom of the tenth inning. (This was Lasting's first career home run.) When the Mets returned to the field following the inning, Milledge, still excited, high-fived the Shea faithful as he returned to his position. Something that did not endear him with the veterans of the club. He was traded to the Washington Nationals for Ryan Church and Brian Schneider on November 30, 2007.
Lastings Milledge has always been one of my favorite Mets and ended up with the Pirates. Before joining them in Pittsburgh he was assigned to their AAA team in Indianapolis. Lastings signed his card in the set for me at a team autograph session on July 26, 2009.