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Charles Odum, “Church Facing Mets in First Atlanta Game”
“The weird thing for me will be walking up to bat the first time with [Brian McCann] behind the plate,” Francoeur said. “He’s probably going to be talking trash, so I may just dust a little dirt on him with the bat.”
Joel Sherman, “Matt Holliday Slumber Shows GM Omar Minaya’s Failures”
I HEARD something last week that I just could not believe and so I checked it out with Omar Minaya and — to my astonishment — it was true:
The Mets have not put in a single phone call to ask about Oakland’s Matt Holliday.
Selim Algar, “L.I. Geezers Show Mets How It’s Done”
Boasting more than a millennium’s worth of experience, a feisty group of elderly Long Island softball players filmed an instructional video yesterday that they hope will re-introduce the not-so-Amazin’ Mets to the game’s fundamentals.
Bart Hubbuch, “Midsummer Report Card: Mets”
The massive amount of injuries that decimated the roster should get most of the blame and were factored in heavily when we graded the Mets’ 42-45 start.
Overall, the team gets a C-minus.
Mark Hale, “New Phillie Pedro Still ‘Loves’ Mets”
Rather, the newest Phillie admitted yesterday that he wanted to pitch for the Mets again. And he gushed that he still loves his old team.
That won’t happen. So these undermanned, but now presumably rested, Mets will have to quickly get things in order without reinforcements if they are to ensure their division deficit – currently 6Â½Â games – doesn’t soon become insurmountable.
On a day that Citizens Bank Park held a job fair for the public, the Phillies’ newest employee arrived about a half-hour late to his press conference and was already listed on the team’s disabled list.
Ken Belson, “A Mets Fan Is Shut Out From Runs and Hope”
Every baseball fan is bound to see some stinkers now and again: games when the home team blows a save, drops an easy fly ball, fails to get a hit with the bases loaded. Or maybe all three at once.