|3B coach Tim Teufel giving CF Collin Cowgill some post grandslam hide|
Back to what's here, now... After the team trounced the Padres 11—2 in yesterday's Citifield opener, Wright set expectations for the season. In a word: scrappy. That evokes names like Dykstra, Backman, Mex. All good, as long as we're only talking about the baseball diamond. Solid infield as long as they're healthy; spotty outfield; unknown but promising young starting lineup led by what amounts to marquee pitcher Niese. Anything better than mediocre will surpass expectations.
|Cover illustration by Mark Ulriksen|
- The New Yorker's cover this week shows key Yankees in geriatric mode.
- Even The New York Times, which on purpose or not seems to favor the Yankees in daily coverage by placing them on top or ahead of the Mets, gave a nod to the Mets today by running their coverage in color, and the Yanks' in black & white. The photos of the Yankees were even embarrassing: a Red Sox (Sock?) scoring, and CC Sabathia attempting to field a play. When you're a Mets fan, you take nothing for granted.
- Bobby Valentine is now in the booth doing the postgame shows on SNY. Yay or nay?
And you know you want one: a new Mets cap for 2013.