— Days Without Shea —

Filed under: Mets
by Kingman on April 29 at 7:58PM

GardenPartyLoge13 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:


Banana peppers



Bibb Lettuce


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.



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