On Saturday night, I went to a Met game without Squawker Lisa, and the Mets not only won, but hit four homers in the process. I was sure it would be announced after the game that Braves starter Tommy Hanson was hurt - how else could he give up homers at Citi Field to the likes of Jason Bay, Josh Thole and Justin Turner (twice)? Bay, Thole and Turner had a combined total of ten homers coming into the game.
By hitting his eighth homer, Bay moves into a tie with David Wright for the team lead in homers among players still on the roster (Carlos Beltran had 15). In other words, if Jorge Posada were on the Mets (a move neither fan base would want to see), his nine homers would lead the active roster.
When the Mets fell behind, 5-2, in the third, it didn't look good, but the 2011 Mets have shown that you should never count them out. Still, I never would have guessed that the Mets would knock out star pitcher Hanson in the fourth inning with no sign of injury.
But speaking of injury, the 2011 Mets make it necessary to celebrate the good times when they happen, because they don't last too long. By the time I'm finishing up this blog entry, Jose Reyes has left Sunday's game with another hamstring injury and all the homers flying out of Citi Field today so far are off the bats of the Braves. Sunday's game so far is the kind of game I usually get when I go with Lisa!
Lisa, I see that you blogged earlier today on a new book written by a Yankee batboy named Luis Castillo. If former Met Castillo actually had been a Yankee batboy, that would explain a lot. A-Rod hits an embarrassing popup that will apparently end a Subway Series game with a Yankee loss, but then someone named Luis Castillo drops the popup. You mention that the book discusses how A-Rod initially tipped batboy Castillo less than other stars did, but then increased the size of his tips. Hmm.