I was at Citi Field last night. It wasn’t for the Pepsi/Fathead giveaway, nor because it had been a year since I had some Blue Smoke and pomme frites. No these tickets were part of the select a game package that I had purchased before the season had started, and I am glad I was there.
There was a somber feeling in the air at Citi Field before last nights 7:10 starting time. General consensus was that the Mets, fifth place in the Wild Card standings are pretty much out of any playoff chase. But the fans are pining- and hoping that this team can at the very least finish over .500 for the first time since ’08.
I was sitting in the Pepsi Porch along with my wife, about five sections away from where Gary Keith and Ron were doing their remote broadcast. The buzz amongst the fans in my section were about Carlos Beltran – and where will he land.
The general consensus amongst the Mets faithful was they would hope it wasn’t to either the Braves or Phillies, but if they got a good return for Carlos , they would live with him being a 3 month rental to our fiercest competitors.
R.A Dickey started out shaky, giving up 4 runs in the first 3 innings that he pitched. He would soon get into a groove, and he even had 2 hits and a rbi to help his cause.
But seeing Carlos Beltan play last night made me feel sentimental . I thought back to when the Mets first signed him to that big contract 7 seasons ago, and I felt that he would lead this team to their third Championship. He did propel them deep into the playoffs in ’06 before taking that third strike from Wainright- a pitch that even had he swung probably would have been strike three ( it was that nasty).
But in some respect I think Beltran made up for that call strike three when he launched a momentum shifting, game tying 2 run homer ( his 15th homer of the season – and the 148th of his Mets career). It was a shot into the Pepsi Porch. It landed a few rows from where Gary Keith & Ron were sitting. Needless the say elation and jubilation erupted from the Mets faithful.
I too was high-fiving people I had never met before and hugging my wife. But then it hit me – “This was more than likely the last homer that I would see Carlos hit as a Met in person”.
The Cards would go ahead in the seventh inning, but the Mets would comeback and eventually win it on Angel Pagan’s game winning homer in the bottom of the tenth.
Yes I was long gone by then ( we left in the eight inning – work and all you know), but this will always be a game that I will always remember.
And if it was the last time that I will ever see Carlos at Citi Field in a Mets jersey – I would just like to thank him for the seven seasons of highlights . they were worth it .
And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Reserve third baseman from the ;81 season, Mike Cubbage is 61 (1950). Mike was also the third base coach for the Mets from 1990-1996, and briefly managed the Mets in 1991 after the firing of Bud Harrelson. I still say he has laid a curse on this franchise – THE CURSE OF THE CUBBAGE !!!
Shortstop from the ’00 season, Mike Bordick is 46 (1965). Bordick was brought in at the trade deadline to replace then shortstop Rey Ordonez ( the human highlight reel), who had fractured his leg. Bordick started his Mets career on a high note – hitting a homer in his first at bat, but he proved to be ineffective down the homestretch of the season, and his bat, along with his glove proved to be non existent during the postseason against the Yankees. He would resign with the Baltimore Orioles that off season.
Reserve first baseman from the ’04 season, Brian Buchanan is 38 (1973).
Spot starter from the ’01 season, Brett Hinchliffe is 37 (1974). He pitched in only one game for the Mets that season, and went 0-1 with a E.R.A of 36.00. Needless to say he never appeared in a Mets uniform ever again.
The New York Mets traded catcher, Jesse Gonder to the Milwaukee Braves for reserve outfielder/first baseman, Gary Kolb on July 21, 1965.
On this Date in 1975, Mets third baseman, Joe Torre grounded into four straight double plays. The player who was on base all four times ? Felix Millan !
The New York Mets traded popular third baseman, Wayne Garrett and reserve outfielder, Del Unser to the Montreal Expos for reserve outfielders, Pepe Mangual and Jim Dwyer on July 21, 1976.
The New York Mets traded middle reliever, Jason Jacome and minor league pitcher, Allen McDill to the Kansas City Royals for pitcher, Derek Wallace, and minor leaguers, John Carter and Geno Morones on July 21, 1995.
Mo Vaughn ate his weight in Shake Shack Burgers last night – and no he was not the idiot of a fan who temporally made the outfield at Citi Field look like the closing credits of the Benny Hill Show !