August 3rd, 2018
This might be the most exciting news of the 2018 season:
Parked in the backlot of Citi Field yesterday was a Mets bullpen cart, similar to the one they used to use at Shea Stadium in the 1970s.
For those that don’t know, the Mets (and a lot of teams) used to have a bullpen cart back in the golden cart days of the 60’s and 70’s. They were used to transport relief pitchers from the bullpen to the mound, mostly for the amusement of the fans and other players.
The Mets cart(s) from the 1970s popped up here and there in commercials, photographs and most recently in a Sotheby’s auction, where it sold for tens of thousands of dollars.
Earlier this year, the D-Backs brought the bullpen cart back, and when the Mets visited Arizona, Robert Gsellman enjoyed a trip on the cart.
And now, the Mets are apparently bringing the cart back (once they can figure out the logistics of it all — currently, there are no doors big enough to fit the cart between the bullpen and the dugout), either some time this year, or at the start of the new season next year.