Where were you last night? Kingman Senior and I were at Citi Field last night, along with Ron Hunt.
There were plenty of empty seats and no lines for food or bathrooms. From our seats, you could almost hear the rocks in Murphy's glove as the Mets lost in ugly fashion 7-3, thanks to an extra inning grand-slam surrendered by our new closer Izzy.
This was not a good return to Citi Field after a 6-4 road trip. While away, the team added David Wright (back from the DL) and lost Carlos Beltran to the reality of baseball business. Before the first pitch, thunder rumbled across the bay and from our seats, we could see lightening streaks touching ground across the water. The Mets were 7.5 games behind the Braves and a few games ahead of the Marlins. This was a chance to make some history by starting the improbable drive to October.
Sadly, it was not to be. The Mets managed only one run until Duda's 9th inning, game-tying homer. Surely this was a sign as obvious as the bolts from above before game time. But alas, thanks in no small part to Murphy's inability to manage a run-down play, Izzy was forced to pitch to Mike Stanton with the bases loaded. And that didn't end well.
We had our chances. Wright's throwing error earlier in the game gave the Marlins that third run. And Chip Hale got Reyes thrown out by 10 feet at home in the 5th when he waved Jose home on a Turner double.
Man, was it empty at Citi Field last night. And if this home stand doesn't get turned around asap, pretty soon it will just be you and me at the park.