August 6, 2003 Just wanted to be the first here. Joe is a mere fill- in for Jason Phillips who is with his wife and new- born baby. He is not a prospect and we shan't see much more of him after this week.
August 9, 2003 There's a wonderful article in today's (8/7) New York Times that details DePastino's 11 years in the minors and finally making it to the show.
How in a scene straight out of 'The Rookie' Norfolk manager Bobby Floyd called him into the managers office to say DePastino had to shave his goatee or be removed from the line up. Then Floyd said he could keep the goat because he was going to the Bigs.
He had ten relatives at the game on Tuesday and his grandmother shelled out a grand to fly to Houston from Philly to see him play.
Mike Piazza congratulated him on making it the Baseball Encyclopedia.
Hard work pays off even he was only up for two days!
August 29, 2003 Nice to see the guy get his cup of coffee. But when we're all looking at this site in 10-20 years, we will probably think of Joe as the most obscure Met of all time -- kind of like Rich Puig or Brian Ostrosser now.
September 15, 2004 For the record, he grounded out and struck out in his two at-bats at Houston. But he did handle a chance or two in the field w/o an error. I thought he'd retire at the end of 2003 but saw somewhere he was playing Triple A again in 2004 - I think for the Richmond Braves.