Showing posts from April, 2011

Mets Coming and Going

A couple of Mets roster moves fueled this post. The injury to center fielder Angel Pagan led to the promotion of Buffalo outfielder Jason Pridie to the majors. And a few days ago, 2nd baseman Brad Emaus, the rule-5 draftee was returned to the Blue Jays after failing to impress over the first three weeks of the season. Wearing #68 in Grapefruit League play, I thought I'd better post an image of Emaus before he's totally forgotten by the Flushing Faithful. (And moments after I first posted this, I read that Toronto turned around and traded Emaus to Colorado). Then, I recalled snapping this one in an early-April game in Philadelphia.

Swung on and Missed

David Wright of the Mets didn't quite connect here. Look carefully for the ball that's just passed him but not yet in the catcher's mitt.

Tulo, Too Long!

On a foggy, misty night more suited to a Stephen King novel or a low-budget 1940s Universal horror film, the Mets hosted the Rockies at Citi Field. And Troy Tulowitzki was the difference maker. Colorado's shortstop (who wears #2 to honor his idol Derek Jeter), came to bat in the top of the 5th inning with his team trailing and runners on 2nd and 3rd base. Instead of being walked, the Mets decided to pitch to him. A bad choice that turned the game. Tulowitzki's bullet landed in the right field seats and the Rockies had the lead for keeps. Heroics that also landed him the post-game TV interview.

Finally Watched the Doctor Operate

Yesterday, I finally got the chance to catch Roy Halladay pitch in a Phillies uniform. While he didn't dominate in the first couple of innings as the Mets threatened, he grew stronger as the game rolled on. The Philadelphia Inquirer's Phil Sheridan noted how Halladay held a polite conversation with home plate umpire Mike Everett after the top of the 2nd inning. He quoted the reigning Cy Young Award winner: "I'm just trying to find out, really, where he's at... For a pitcher, it's always hard to see - you can't really tell if you're a couple inches on or off or up or down. So I was just trying to find out from him how close it was or if it's down or if it's off. Just trying to get a read, really." Once armed with that knowledge, Halladay shut the Mets offense down completely... tossing seven shutout innings in an 11-0 Philadelphia win.

Like Father, Like Son

Ivan DeJesus Jr has become the latest son (and namesake) of a former major leaguer to make it to the show. He's making his Dodgers debut tonight -- and has swapped his Cactus League #65 shirt for a #13.