Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
May 23, 2005
BASEBALL: Good Weekend for the Empire
This Mets-Yankees series was deeply disappointing, as the Mets were in all three games and had the third one well in hand before the bullpen let it get away. (The Hated Yankees sure didn't look like Pedro's "daddy," but with the Mets bullpen they sure didn't need to). (Speaking of which, that expression comes from Pedro paying respect to the Yankees, and their fans will never let him hear the end of it. So much for being graceful in victory).
Some random thoughts from a topsy-turvy weekend, where the Mets won Randy Johnson's start and the Yankees won Pedro's:
*I guess Beltran's quad injury explains why he hasn't been stealing bases. The Mets sure could have used a steal in the 7th inning on Friday.
*If you missed it, the humor highlight of the series was the Dae Sung Koo show on Saturday. Mister Koo had drawn much mockery from the press box (and, apparently, his teammates) for his first big league at bat earlier in the week, when he made clear that he had no intention of taking the bat off his shoulder and took three easy strikes. Randy Johnson, presumably having read the scouting report on Koo, grooved a fat fastball to him - and the lefthanded hitting Koo ripped the ball 400 feet to center field for a double. Then, to top that off, when the next batter bunted him over and nobody covered home plate, Koo took off and wound up scoring from second on a sac bunt (leading to a disputed play at the plate).
*Man, does Tony Womack ever stink as a leftfielder - they guy is just a disaster with the glove, and this from a guy who barely hits enough to play every day as a middle infielder.
*Are the Mets trying to kill Piazza with the Zambrano/Ishii Axis of Wild in the rotation? Some of the pitches Piazza has to dive for are just way out there. And then he usually doesn't even get to enjoy working with Pedro.
*Bottom of the 8th on Friday against Tom Gordon: after David Wright walks on four pitches, Matsui and Valent each come up hacking and strike out on three pitches. Grrrr.