In contrast to the over zealous security in Flushing during Hispanic Heritage night last month, no one bothered to collect tickets at Gates D or E for the 2nd of today’s double dip with the Braves. If you’re in the ‘hood (picking a US Open prawn salad out of your teeth, perhaps?), you’ve got about 49,000 good seats to choose from.

With a batting order featuring the likes of Anderson Hernandez, Mike DeFelice and Oliver Perez, you had to figure the Mets were putting 3 automatic outs in the lineup. It would figure then, that Kyle Davies’ walk of Perez would be the catalyst for New York’s 4 run 6th inning.

The foul-line hopping Perez has allowed just 4 hits over 7 shutout innings, as the Mets lead, 6-0. Jose Reyes lead off the home first with a solo HR, his 16th of the season.

‘d love to discuss the Mets’ defeat of the Passion Of The Smoltz (4-1, HR, 3 RBI’s for Shawn Green, above, 2-run HR for Carlos Delgado, but I’m too wigged out from the following :

a) Kelly Stinnett making his first appearance in a Mets uniform in 11 years (still hope for Todd Pratt’s eventual return, I suppose) and

b) the appearance of the King Kong sized Joe Benigno Gazingo on the Shea jumbotron. Panic At The Disco was playing over the tannoy at the time. I’m not sure what they were trying to say, but that beautiful piece of music will never sound quite the same.

Some of the day’s most exciting moments were confined to the radio, however. Howie Rose claims his pizza was delivered by a Keith Hernandez lookalike.

I’ve been reminded the Braves are playing their third doubleheader in 5 days. If there is a god (and the public display of Joe Benigno’s face has me wondering), it is entirely possible He or She thinks Smoltzie is full of shit when it comes to same sex marriage.

(UPDATE : Mets 8, Braves 0, last of the 7th. Shawn Green has just hit his 2nd home run of the never-ending afternoon)