Just got back from bringing the kiddies, bringing the wife to T-Shirt night at Shea (thanks again, Ron Hunt). We tried to make batting practice but got stuck in nasty traffic and a goofy fender bender, in which the other dude’s fender got bent but we escaped without damage. It was his fault anyway.
As for the game itself, the Mets beat the Reds 3–2. The boys led off with back to back home runs by Jose Reyes and Ruben Gotay. This was the first time in franchise history that the Mets’ first two hitters led off with home runs, ensuring Ruben Gotay’s legacy as a future Met trivia answer.
El Duque gave back two runs in the top of the second, after allowing two walks (including one to Arroyo). Hernandez had no control of his fastball and threw over 50 pitches the first two innings, then hit a groove and retired the next 12 men he faced. Joe Smith and (the other) Pedro also pitched perfect innings to keep the Mets in the game.
Good thing too, because the Mets did little at the plate, leaving at least 4 runners in scoring position the last three innings. Lastings Milledge was the difference, going 1st to home on a looping Gotay single that Jr. just missed (or dropped while diving for the ball). Lastings made a terrific slide at home plate to beat the tag and seal the win.
The T-shirts were OK. They say the sponsor’s name in big letters and “Mets” underneath. But the kids dug them and got to see soem team history. My oldest also continued his tradition of wandering the upper deck during the middle innings. We got some good Citi Field photos to share tomorrow. For now, here’s a picture of elegant Shea from the absolute last row of the last section in the upper deck, as the sun sets behind us.