Here is what Chan Ho Park’s first pitch as a Met looked like, from Loge13:
A popup from Marlins leadoff hitter Hanley Ramirez to second baseman Damien Easley, filling in for newly disabled Jose Valentin.
It was exciting to see alot of Koreans on hand tonight to witness Park’s NY debut. I wish the rest of the game could have gone as smoothly for Park as this moment. He looked sharp at times, and the defense didn’t help. We’ll see if Chan Ho Park gets another start. Say this for him: Park pitched well enough to be a Yankee starter.
Chan Ho Park made his Met debut…and possibly his final appearance as a Met…all in one night Monday.
For the first 2.2/3 innings, we saw Chan “no-no” Park from Loge13, as the veteran pitcher kept the Marlins off-balance with mostly off-speed pitches.
But after Fish pitcher Scott Olsen laced the first hit, Park quickly collapsed. He walked the next two hitters, then gave up a single to Miguel Cabrera (that bounced out of 2B Easley’s glove), which scored two runs.
Park would yield three more runs before escaping the third. In all fairness, the defense didn’t help. Reyes botched a Willingham popup to short centerfield that was clearly Beltran’s ball. The consensus in Loge13 is that Beltran has been snake-bit on close fielding plays ever since the grotesque Cameron collision.
Park would allow seven runs before leaving the game in the 5th.
The Mets pecked away at the lead for the rest of the game, burning through Burgos, Sele and Schoenweis out of the pen along the way. Ultimately, we came up short and lost 9–6.
Reasons to celebrate:
- The team managed 13 hits and 6 runs.
- Beltran went 4–5, with his second HR in two games.
- Henry Owens pitched a perfect 9th for his second save. Man that kid can throw. Oh wait, he isn’t a Met anymore. Dammit. We traded him to the Marlins for Adam Bostick and Jason Vargas.
Reasons to medicate:
- Park did not make a case to be the Mets 6th starter.
- Delgado 1–5, .188 on the season
- Wright 0–5. .244 for the season.
Orlando Hernandez’s bursitic shoulder is causing a pain in the neck to Met fans today.
El Duque is now on the 15–day disabled list with a sore shoulder. Hernandez flew back to New York from DC yesterday morning, after waking up sore on Sunday.
Hernandez was diagnosed with arthritis in the neck during spring training.
This shouldn’t be a big surprise to Met fans. El Duque is anywhere from 37 – 54 years old and will take several trips to the disabled list this season. If he is to be counted on in October, it’s almost mandatory he get shut down a few times.
What is surprising is that the Mets allowed their best Triple-A pitcher to start yesterday. As Loge13 regular Ron Hunt pointed out, Jorge Sosa, who has a 4-0 record and 1.13 ERA in four starts, should have been held the moment Hernandez notified the authorities that something was amiss.
Instead tonight we will witness the Met debut of Chan Ho Park. The Korean pitcher and MLB veteran has a 3-1 record and 7.29 ERA in four starts and 21 innings in Triple-A.
In February, Park signed a contract with the New York Mets in a deal valued at $3 million with a 2009 option.
Park made his Major League debut as an L.A. Dodgers pitcher in 1994 and moved to the Texas Rangers in 2002 and to the San Diego Padres in 2005.
The Marlins counter with Scott Olsen, who is 2–1 with a 6.23 ERA. We’ll be out at the Park tonight, so to speak.
Someone named "metsbabe7" created a video tribute to Shea Stadium and Citi Field. Some cool photos and moments, including a glimpse of those wonderfully awful Houston Astros uniforms of the 1970's:
We'll be seeing more of these as the execution date comes closer.
This video and comments we've read online and heard in Loge13 at Shea represent the opinion of a substantial number of fans. They are sad to see Shea go but welcome the sleek, retro intimacy of the new field. And it does look purty.
But these fans may be overlooking one tragic point: they ain't going to be seeing much of Citi Field...at least from the inside.
The stadium holds substantially less people than Shea and ticket plans are being devised to squeeze out the common fan altogether. I hope I'm wrong but given how the long-time season ticket holders of Loge13 are being treated atm, I'm afraid I'm right.
Loge13 believes baseball was invented for days like today.
Today we finally had a chance to do all the gardening and planting that couldn’t be done during the past Nor-Eastering, snowstorming, monsooning month (This weather hasn’t just been hard on David Wright, ya know). So we took the transistor out to the garden and listened to the Mets/Nationals while planting this year’s vegetable crop.
It’s a rare joy to plant and listen to a game. The wife thinks I’m doing something useful so there’re no interuptions. And the kids wants to help and listen to the game…Well, mostly they listen to the game.
And what a game today. The Mets won 1–0 on a John Maine gem. He pitched 7 innings of 3–hit ball and struck out 8 Nats. Maine’s ERA is now down to 1.35 and he is a strong candidate for National League pitcher of the month.
And while Julio Franco may have gone 0–3 during his first start of the season, he made what could have been the game-saving play in the 7th. Franco got the lead runner on an infield ground out with runners on 1st & 2nd and no one out. That squashed oneof the only rallies Washington had all day.
Best of all: with a Braves loss today, the Mets are once again in first place in the NL east.
Tomorrow night, the Mets are back at Shea vs. the Marlins. We’ll be there in Loge13. We’re not sure if El Duque will be in Shea, though.
If you’re keeping score at home, today we planted:
and two varieties of eggplants.
They say you’re supposed to talk to plants to help them grow. We just play Mets games for them. I have to say, the garden used to respond better with Bob Murphy’s voice but the plants are coming around to Howie Rose.