Friday, March 26, 2010
#620) GARY MATTHEWS
Gary Matthews, Jr. became a New York Met when his contract was purchased from the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 28, 2001. The Bucs were trying to free up budget to keep their closer, Mike Williams for the 2002 season. Matthews did not last long in New York. He pinch-hit in the opening game of the year at Shea Stadium facing the Pirates on April 1st. Then entered the second game as a pinch-runner. With just two games played he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for John Bale on April 3, 2002.
Matthews would rejoin the Mets on January 22, 2010 when he was traded by the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for pitcher Brian Stokes.
Gary Matthews signed his card in the set for me while entering the New York Mets spring training site in Port St. Lucie, Florida on the morning of March 15, 2010.