(Reyes and Wright : they’re going to Tad’s!)
Said 5-star comment generator Chuck Meehan earlier today, “I would like to think that Mets players are getting to pocket some of their per diem meal money by Billy Wagner treating them to steak dinners for pulling his nuts out of the fire all year long (todays game-saving defensive play by David Wright (above) being the latest example).” But if Wagner’s continuous feuding with former Phillies teammates is unseemly, that’s nothing compared to what Newsday’s Bob Herzog is hearing from the stands at Shea Stadium.
So much for that quaint notion about New York baseball fans being so knowledgeable and so respectful of the opposition. The vicious booing and chants of “No More Streak” at Shea Stadium Friday night directed towards Chase Utley showed a distinct lack of class.
What is baseball without its history, and wouldn’t have it been nice if Utley’s 35-game hitting streak lasted a little longer to generate more discussion and make us appreciate what Joe DiMaggio did even more? The Mets have such a huge lead in the NL East that games against the Phillies can hardly be considered critical right now. And the fans booed Utley right from the start, not just late in the game when a hit might have been damaging.
The Daily News’ Owen Moritz reported Saturday that Hispanics Across America are launching a campaign to stop the booing of Alex Rodriguez. Just in time, too, as A-Rod and his teammates, save for Bobby Abreu, were held hitless by the Hall Of Fame trio of Baltimore’s Adam Loewen, Todd Williams and LaTroy Hawkins yesterday.
Not to be outdone, I’m starting a website to encourage American Jews to step up their daily harrassment of Shawn Green. Not for any good reason, mind you. Just that I need to spend more time online. Houston’s Luke Scott had a huge night in Phoenix, proving yet again that good things happen when you shill in public for Jesus.
I have to admit, when I heard the words “Julio Lugo” and “tampering” mentioned alongside each other, I couldn’t help but assume the worst. The highly-coveted infielder was 2 for 5 with a pair of runs scored in the Dodgers’ 10-2 defeat of the Marlins, LA’s 8th consecutive win.