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Game 44: May 24, 2009 Mets5L: Tim Redding (0-1)23-20, 1 game losing streak Red Sox12W: Tim Wakefield (6-2)H: Manny Delcarmen (2)26-18, 1 game winning streak Highlights: Mother Nature knew that the Red Sox offense would be red hot against the likes of Redding, so she attempted to cool off their bats with a quenching rain in the bottom of the first inning. Dan Shaughnessy was part of the pre-game show. He was so orange I mistook him for a new Mets mascot. He fulfills all of the criteria required for team mascots: outsized head, frozen and bizarre facial expression, and outrageous hair style, all of which combine to frighten young and old alike.Dwight Evans accompanied Don Orsillo in the booth. I thought Dennis Eckersley might have been benched by NESN for swearing during Friday night’s game, but the Hall of Famer does have a contract with TBS to analyze select Sunday games.Evans is a peach of guy but his voice is better suited to golf than baseball. He was so soothing I barely realized that the Red Sox were pummeling the Mets. Nearly every Boston batter notched a hit yesterday. Every hitter except David Ortiz. The sympathy in Evans’s voice...

Impossible

Game 43: May 23, 2009 Mets3W: Pedro Feliciano (1-1)S: J.J. Putz (2)23-19, 2 game winning streak Red Sox2BS, L: Jonathan Papelbon (1, 0-1)25-18, 2 game losing streak Highlights: Alex Cora was interviewed by Heidi Watney in her “Opposite Field” segment. He misses Boston, you can tell. When asked about how he likes playing for the Mets, there was a long pause. Then he went for the standard “this is a great team, we’re contenders” soundbite before mentioning that in New York the fans and media get on you quicker than in Boston. Cora characterized his time with the Red Sox as “my best three years I ever had in baseball” and that he missed Dustin Pedroia’s smack talk. In preparation for the knuckleballer today, Cora said the strategy is to go out tonight and have some drinks. Probably with some of his former AL teammates. If it had been J.J. Putz or Francisco Rodriguez who blew the game for the Mets, the back page of the Gotham tabloid would have been worse than what it was for Jonathan Papelbon. The Boston Herald only screeched “Gone Baby Gone” in 200-point font. “K-Fraud,” “J.J.=Just Junk,” and “Just a Putz” are some of...

Modori [戻り]

Game 42: May 22, 2009 Mets5W: Johan Santana (6-2)H: Bobby Parnell (8)S: Francisco Rodriguez (12)22-19, 1 game winning streak Red Sox3L: Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-2)25-17, 1 game losing streak Highlights: “Modori” means return in Japanese. Like Matsuzaka I returned to Fenway last night; I was there to help kick off the series sweep against the Blue Jays and hoped to do the same for the opening of interleague play. Johan Santana had other ideas. Santana is one of those lefties that doesn’t rely on craft rather than stuff. His nasty repertoire had all the Red Sox hitters befuddled. Kevin Youkilis, who rarely get punched out, struck out swinging thrice, as did David Ortiz. Since his time off, Ortiz has had to face off against three southpaw starters, and one of them could legitimately be titled the best pitcher in baseball. Santana may have gone to the weaker senior circuit, but his pitching translates to any league.My voice is hoarse from trying to out-yell Mets fans. They were in full throat and it being May they weren’t choking. Come this September these Mets fans will have abandoned their garishly garbed team in favor of the Giants or Jets (whichever team is doing...

A Sort of Homecoming

A few photos from Pedro Martinez’s return to Fenway Park on June 28, 2006. I’m not one to besmirch the name of a reputable mascot, but Mr. Met appears to be flipping the bird in the second picture. I didn’t take very many pictures that evening but rather soaked up the atmosphere. If the applause for Pedro weren’t so loud, you would have heard my wistful sighs....


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