|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.