Aug. 9, 2011
Former Commodore Mike Baxter returned to the big leagues on Tuesday when he was called up by the New York Mets, and he wasted little time in trying to ensure the only trips he would make the rest of this season would be with the Mets.
Baxter, who played with the San Diego Padres last year, was claimed off waivers by the Mets on July 22 and had been hitting .309 in the minors. He received the call to the big leagues after injuries to Daniel Murphy and Jose Reyes.
After arriving from AAA Buffalo just hours before Monday's game against the Padres of all teams, Baxter was called upon to pinch-hit in the eighth inning. If there were any jitters, Baxter did not show them as he stood in the box and came through with an RBI double, which helped spur the Mets to a 9-8 comeback win over his former team.
A fourth-round draft pick in 2004, Baxter's night was not his first in the majors, but it will certainly be one he will not forget. As a native of Queens, Baxter grew up a Mets fan dreaming of the day he could one day play for his hometown team.
That day finally arrived, and Baxter did his part to make sure it would not be his last.
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