Once again it’s time to grab your favorite morning drink, kick your feet up, and get your daily dose of Mets in the Papers.
Baseball great Darryl Strawberry had state troopers watching over him as he recuperated from cancer surgery in 1998, it was revealed Tuesday.
Mark Hale, “Beltran’s Back, Nearly Hero In Defeat”
“Today I felt like a kid in the playground,” Beltran said after coming off the disabled list at Citi Field, “because I feel good to be here.”
Bart Hubbuch, “Maine to Start Philly Nightcap”
“It feels good,” Maine said yesterday after his bullpen outing. “Strength-wise, it’s not quite 100 percent. But as far as the pain, it’s just not there. I think with a good offseason, I’ll be able to put it behind me. It should go away and should be fine.”
David Lennon, “Beltran Doubles, Just Misses Slam In Return”
On a bruised right knee, Carlos Beltran still made a giant leap forward last night, when he returned to the Mets‘ lineup after an 11-week absence and showed that he’s not far away from regaining his All-Star form. Maybe just a few feet short.
David Lennon, “Maine Has One More Tuneup Before Sunday Start”
Maine, who has been on the DL since June 12 with shoulder weakness, is expected to pitch a short simulation Thursday as the final tuneup for Game 2 of the split doubleheader against the Phillies. He’ll be on a pitch count, maybe in the 60-70 range, and Tobi Stoner, recalled Tuesday from Triple-A Buffalo, will back him up.
Marty Noble, “Beltran’s Comeback Creates Good Problem”
However Manuel arranges his outfield, it should be stellar defensively. Beltran and right fielder Jeff Francoeur have each won Gold Gloves, and Pagan and Sullivan have each shown impressive range in patrolling their respective positions over the past two months.
And the 10-year-old – unlike his team this year – was simply Amazin’.
“You can’t fake those plays,” Beltran said. “You just react on those. If I have an opportunity to catch a ball like that, I will do it. I’m not thinking about my knee right now. If, after I slide, I feel something then I have to let the trainers know how I feel. But I’m not thinking about that on the field. I’m thinking right now about finishing the season without pain and being able to manage the situation.”
George Willis, “Mets’ Remaining Games Are Meaningful, After All”
So maybe these games are meaningful after all. Regardless of whether you’re winning or losing “you’re still servicing people,” the young man in the suit said in honor of his late father. It’s a message that shouldn’t be forgotten.
Let’s Go MetsÂ !