Last night something remarkable happened to me and my wife last night !! The Mets actually one their first game in the six times that we have trekked out to see them at Citi Field !!
There was between twenty-seven to thirty thousand fans in attendance, many wearing the orange and blue and some die hards that refuse to acknowledge that the their beloved Dodgers abandoned them over 40 years ago were there in their blue and grey.
Dillon Gee was the accidental starter last night – subbing for Chris Young, who as it was originally announced could not get loose during his warm up session .
Gee pitched well – yet not spectacularly over his five and a third innings of work. He scattered two runs on seven hits. It wasn’t pretty – but it helped avert this team from spiraling back into a losing streak. Kudos go out to pinch hitter Justin Turner – who stroked a the game winning hit – a deep two run single – which allowed the Mets to regain a 4-2 lead. It was also nice to see that Francisco Rodriguez finally had a lock down 1-2-3 inning for a change.
Some random thoughts from last nights game. I loved the fact that the night had a Seinfeld theme to it. They inter-cut clips from the classic ( even though I am not a fan of the show) clips which included our beloved Keith Hernandez ! The actor who played the ” Soup Nazi” was also on hand for the festivities – The Festivus for the rest of us !” giving out copies of the entire Seinfeld series for the fans who were able to answer Seinfeld trivia correctly !. I had left the stadium ( my wife had to be in work by 7 a.m ) to see Jerry Stiller lead the Citi Field crown in a rendition of ” Take Me Out To The Ballgame”. But I am sure he did it with Costanza like flair .
I was pleasently surprised to hear ” Cemetery Gates” by Pantera as Jason Pridie’s walk up music.
And it is just always great to see the Mets win at home !
By the way – Happy Mother’s Day to all the female readers of this site – and my own mom and my Wife – Jeanne who has been a great mother to our “children” Flash and Picabu !!
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Starting pitcher from ’06-’10, John Maine is 30 today (1981) . I wish John lots of luck with the Colorado Rockies, He was one of the better Mets pitchers over the past half decade, too bad that arm injuries and pride cut his Mets career short.
The New York Mets traded spot starter/middle reliever, Larry Foss to the Milwaukee Braves for utility infielder Chico Fernandez on May 8, 1963.
The New York Mets traded starting pitcher, Jay Hook and Adrian Garrett to the Milwaukee Braves for shortstop – and future Mets manager,Roy McMillan on May 8, 1964. It is not well known that Adrian Garrett is the brother of long time Mets third baseman, Wayne Garrett !
The New York Mets released relief pitcher, Dick Tidrow on May 8, 1984. Many fans don’t remember ( or would like to forget) that the once solid Tidrow was on that ’84 Mets team. But I guess when you give up 16 earned runs in 15 innings – no one would want to remember him anyway.
Mo Vaughn is taking his mother to the International House Of Pancakes for a Mother’s Day breakfast ! I predict that they will run out of pancake batter, sausage, eggs and bacon by 12 noon !!!