Those who read this blog regularly know we don't usually regularly write about actual Met games. There are hundreds of other blogs on the daily beat so we waste focus our time on more cerebral matters, like Shea Stadium's great rock & roll history.
But last night's game was one of the most fun to watch all year. A rag-tag lineup against Halladay and the once mighty Phillies. After an uneven start, Jon Niese hung tough with the Phil's starter and the Mets earned back two runs to tie the score.
The bullpen held the lead, thanks to Josh Thole holding the ball after a home plate collision with ex-Met Ty Wigginton. But it would be rookie Jordany Valdespin who stopped the presses with his first home run, a three-run blast in the 9th to put the game out of reach.
Not sure where this team will end up in September (and I probably jinxed it today) but I never expected the Mets to be three games over .500 and in third place in May. These guys are fun to watch again.
Big props to the Mets for giving props to Brooklyn's own Adam MCA Yauch, one third of the mighty Beastie Boys, who passed away from cancer Friday at the too young age of 47.
David Wright has been walking up to the plate to Beasties for years...usually Sabotage from Ill Communication. The NY Daily News reported that the whole team changed their tune Friday night:
During Friday's game against Arizona, the Mets paid tribute to the New
York music icon by playing Beasties music when they walked up to the
plate. The idea was hatched and spearheaded by infielder Justin Turner and outfielder Scott Hairston.
David Wright, who usually walks up to the Beasties "Sabotage," used "Brass Monkey" on Friday.
Personally I would have walked up to "Sure Shot." The Beasties were a huge part of 1986 and my freshman year of college...Licensed to Ill and Queens own Run DMC's Rasing Hell were in perpetual rotation, along with Lets Go Mets Go. Back then, sporting a Mets hat was not an ironic gesture. Here are The Beastie Boys rocking the mike on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. RIP MCA:
Since he left the blue and orange, Jeff has been up to some pretty cool stuff...
Deadspin reported that last night, Jeff tossed a ball and a $100 bill to some fans and told them to go have a beer on him. For that kind of money he could buy all of Citi Field a beer. More from Deadspin:
Three weeks ago, Jeff Francoeur had 20 pizzas sent to fans in a right-field section in Oakland. And last night, at a game in which he was part of the promotion, Francoeur did a little something for the home folks in Kansas City.
The Royals have designated a right-field section at Kauffman Stadium as The Frenchy Quarter. For every Thursday home game this season, fans in that section also get a T-shirt and a drink coupon for the price of their ticket. Last night was the first Frenchy Quarter Thursday of the season, and Francoeur sweetened the deal by tossing an autographed ball to the section's fans, along with a C-note and some instructions.