To be totally transparent, I only caught the first inning of last night’s late show featuring the Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers, but Idid catch the highlights when I woke up. I am just happy that the Mets were not nipping at the NyQuil and put a 6-0 smackdown on the team that spurrned the Borough of Brooklyn over 50 years ago.
But that’s not the focus of today’s column. No – today I am here to welcome back the Jason Bay who has been missing in action for the past year or so. Bay went 2-4 with 2 homers and 4 RBIs last night. He matched his entire home run total from last year (6) and has steadily raised his batting average to a decent .252.
So far this month ( I know we are only 6 games in) in 19 at bats, Bay is hitting .368 with 2 homers and 7 RBIs. His on base percentage during this time is 1.113. I know there is still basically two months left to this season, but I think it is safe to say – barring a season ending injury, Bay will have a better season than he did last year.
I think that it is apropos that it seems that he finally broke through in the place that prematurely ended his season last year. It was frightening to see Bay almost exactly replicate the same play that resulted in that concussion . Thank goodness he had the pressence of mind to brace himself this time.
The question here is can Bay maintain this momentum ? All I can say is that he has behaved like a pro through all the name calling, booing and all the other torture he has been put through since last July. I think that it is time we rally behind him and support him.
One thing is for sure – if Beltran is dealt by the tra
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Part time second baseman from the ’92 and now unfairly maligned ex manager, Willie Randolph is 57 (1954). For all of the people that love to bash Willie all I can say is was he a great manager ? No- but he did help turn a team that was a laughing stock in ’04 into a team that should have won it all in ’06. He was partially responsible for the collapse of ’07 – but the blame does not – and should not rest solely on his shoulders.
Mets center fielder from ’96-’97, Lance Johnson is 48 (1963). Lance probably had one of the best offensive seasons in Mets history. In 1996 he played in 160 games and had a batting average of .333 with 9 homers, 69 RBIs, a on base percentage of .362. He also set a franchise record that season when he hit with 21 triples.
Mo Vaughn says that he would never be caught dead in a California Pizza Kitchen ! He feels that pineapple and sun-dried tomatoes on a pizza is sacrilege !