— Days Without Shea —

I am taking my six-year-old to Shea Field tonight. Does that make me a bad parent?

He is very excited and wants to buy baseball cards and eat a hot dog. I also promised to bring him to the Mets Museum and the whiffle ball field. Most important, I will do my best to make sure he sees as little of the game as possible. Kids are so impressionable at this age; I don't want to break his little heart.

The Mets continue to play like six-year-olds. Wright is 0-19 and every base runner is a likely candidate to do something stupid. Last night, Pagan jogged into third base in the 8th inning, instead of watching his coach or where the ball was. If he had been paying attention, he could have scored as the Astros bobbled the ball around the infield. Pagan tried to make up for it by charging home on a weak wild pitch and getting easily called out. Did he forget that Reyes and his three hits were on deck?

Jose would get a 4th hit to lead off the 9th but didn't last long at first, getting picked off after Thole bunted a pop-up.

Tonight Jason Bay returns to the lineup. See ya there?



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