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Mets Morning News: Continuing The Scott Hairston Watch

Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Thearon W. Henderson

Meet the Mets

Michael Baron shares a photo of the first game ever at Shea Stadium over at Metsblog. Spoiler Alert: They lost.

Greg Prince writes a charming tribute to Babylon of all places and notices how no matter which direction you're headed in, you're always headed towards the Mets. Just 94 days until Opening Day.

Around the Majors

The Red Sox traded Jerry Sands, Stolmy Pimentel, Mark Melancon, and Ivan De Jesus Jr. to the Pirates for Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt.

The Yankees signed Matt Diaz to be their 2013 veteran at the tail-end of his career who finds Yankee Stadium to be the perfect salve for old age, replacing Raul Ibanez who signed with the Mariners.

Yesterday at AA

Most importantly, the finalists for the R.A. Dickey Face contest were announced.

Bryan Grosnick debuted with a nice statistical look at Ruben Tejada and what the Mets have in him.

And Steve Sypa takes a look at International free agent second baseman Kensuke Tanaka.