Off-Broadway BP
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Mo Vaughn, Robbie Alomar, Jeromy Burnitz ... there seems to be no limit to what the Mets will attempt to knock off the Yankees as New York's top ballclub. As proof, Page 2's Mystery Photo found the Mets auditioning another high-priced talent at spring training.
Matthew Broderick, Joe McEwing

We weren't sure what was going on, so we sought your help to explain what Matthew Broderick was doing at the New York Mets' spring training site. After receiving more than 800 e-mails, we've chosen the best caption suggestions below.

"What kind of producer did you say you were on Broadway?"
Steve Chambers
Eagan, Minn.

Ferris Bueller's Second Day Off.
Mitchell Groff
Ames, Iowa

Matthew Broderick gets pointers training for the role of Joe McEwing in his next musical about his beloved Mets: "Springtime for Hitter" or "How to Fail in Baseball Without Really Trying."
Mike Rohan
Orland Park, Ill.

"Chuck Finley suggested I learn to defend myself against actress-spouses."
Jon S.
Glasgow, Scotland

Based on Todd Hundley's numbers in the 2001 season, the Mets could only get Ferris Bueller as compensation for the Cubs signing of the free agent.
Mark Norrod
West Lafayette, Ind.

After seeing Matt Broderick "strike out" with movies such as "Godzilla" and "Election," the Mets knew he'd be able to handle the disappointment of being a DH for them.
San Francisco

Matt: "Hey, Joe."
Joe: "Hey Matt, how's your wife and my kid?"
Dayton, Ohio

"Mr. Big?!? I'll show her Mr. Big."
Mike Fecht
Beaverton, Ore.

"What's the score?"
"Nothing nothing"
"Who's winning?"
"The Bears"
New York

"No one believed us when we said Mo had lost weight ..."
Jaime Oppenheim
Ardsley, N.Y.

"Well, it's not like 'Godzilla II' was going to pay the bills ..."
Jonathan Smith
Jupiter, Fla.

The New York Mets go out on a limb to acquire Abe Froman, Sausage King of Chicago.
Brian Burton
Gurnee, Ill.

Here we see a still-frustrated Matthew Broderick hitting line drives at the guy who convinced him that "Inspector Gadget" would revitalize his career.
Justin A. Lollie
Hollywood, Calif.

"I've never had one lesson!"
Joel Lugar
N. Hollywood, Calif.

"Go, go, Gadget Bat!"
Worcester, Mass.

"... Bueller. Bueller. Bueller. Bueller."

"Um ... he's sick. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris get plunked by Al Leiter last night. I guess it's pretty serious."
Kate Alexander
Watertown, Mass.

Ferris Bueller's Pay Off.
Jonathan Sweet

"Swing batta batta, batta, batta, swing batta SAHwing batta! Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy cannot Sahwing batta."
Matt Alexander
Sturbridge, Mass.

Mets hat ... $19

Official major-league bat ... $30

Mo Vaughn's Ben Stein impersonation ("Bueller ... Bueller ... Bueller") ... priceless.

"Simba, remember ... to swing your hips ... remember ...
Tim O'Shea
Concord, Mass.

(Computer voice): "Would you like to play a game of Batting Practice?"
Joe Domico

"OK, Valentine. You help me become the scourge of beer league softball, I show you how to act and wear makeup to properly disguise yourself in the dugout."
San Diego

The Mets make Broderick the obvious choice to star in this season's "Sucks in the City."

The Mets' new lineup may score more than his wife.
New York

"I gotta get some more practice. I haven't had a hit since 'War Games.' "
Matt Hueting
New Market, Md.

The Mets continue their customary practice of signing big names who are past their prime.
Daniel Newsome
Providence R.I.

Max Dugan's purchase of the New York Mets has resulted in a new addition to the starting lineup.
Dan Moir
Winnipeg, Manitoba

This is for my good buddy, Cameron, who claims we didn't do anything "fun" today.
Gary Roux
Three Rivers, Mass.

And here is the real caption from The Associated Press: Stage and screen actor Matthew Broderick takes a turn in the batting cage during a visit to the New York Mets spring training facility, March 27 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Mets utility player Joe McEwing looks on at left. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)


Mystery Photo responses April 3: Ahoy, Matey

Mystery Photo responses March 15: Duck, it's Costner

Mystery Photo responses March 4: Ohno, it's Katie!

Mystery Photo responses Feb.25: Pairs who share

Mystery Photo responses Feb. 6: Two minutes for stripping

Mystery Photo responses Jan. 25: Fore!

Mystery Photo responses Jan. 18: Look into my eyes

Mystery Photo responses Jan. 7: Eye of the Hurricanes

Mystery Photo responses Dec. 31: Might as well jump

Mystery Photo responses Dec. 19: Saint Nicked

Mystery Photo responses Dec. 10: Mac attack

Mystery Photo responses Dec. 3: Swept away

Mystery Photo responses Nov. 26: Tastes like chicken ...

Mystery Photo responses Nov. 19: At least these are in team colors

Mystery Photo responses Nov. 9: You can't hide

Mystery Photo responses Nov. 2: Trick or Treat?

Mystery Photo responses Oct. 26: 'So the priest says ...'

Mystery Photo responses Oct. 19: Hello?

Mystery Photo responses Oct. 12: Tennis, everyone?

Mystery Photo responses Oct. 7: He shoots, he ...

Mystery Photo responses Sept. 28: Safe at home

Mystery Photo responses Sept. 21: Coming up short

Mystery Photo responses Sept. 18: Hat tricks

Mystery Photo Sept. 7: Tough shot

Mystery Photo Aug. 31: Oh, Danny boy!

Mystery Photo Aug. 24: Baby doll

Mystery Photo Aug. 17: Wild night at the ballpark

Mystery photo Aug. 10: Doubles divas

Mystery photo Aug. 3: Hoops, I did it again

Mystery photo July 27: I've got it!

Mystery photo July 20 extras: Fiddling with captions

Mystery photo July 20: The Devil you say?

Mystery photo July 13: The BoSox Boys

Mystery photo July 6: Reunited...

Mystery photo June 29: This just in ...

Mystery photo June 22: Caught in the act

Mystery photo June 18: What's up with Bobby Cox?

Mystery photo June 8: Kobe Bryant plugged

Mystery photo June 1: Something about Shaq

Mystery photo May 25: Two wild and crazy guys

Mystery photo May 17: Nothing but net

Mystery photo May 11: Tim and Jerry

Mystery photo May 3: Drop 'em

Mystery photo April 27: Great seats, eh?

Mystery photo April 23: Ready, aim ...

Mystery photo April 16: Hey, buddy

Mystery photo April 9: Gone fishin in Florida

Mystery photo April 2: Getting kissed off

Mystery Photo responses: March 26

Mystery Photo responses: March 16

Mystery Photo responses: March 9

Mystery Photo responses: Feb. 28

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