This past weekend we got a chance to see 2 exhibition games played at our brand new ballpark Citi Field and it didn’t dissapoint. The park is beautiful and I look forward to attending many games there. It’s totally different from Shea but it still felt welcoming. The differences in fact at first was a little overwhelming. The one thing that was the same was the “boo birds” in attendance for Saturday’s game against The Boston Red Sox. I guess the saying is true: “The More Things Change, the more things stay the same.” This past Saturday Oliver Perez started and had a horrible outing. He allowed 6 runs including a grand slam, 4 walks and 2 hits. Ollie didn’t make it out of the first inning and was booed as he walked off the mound and into the dugout. Oh, just in case anyone forgot it was only an E-X-H-I-B-I-T-I-O-N game.
I understand that Ollie was given a big contract during the offseason but this game did not count. It was just a Spring Training game and an opportunity for the Mets to get a feel for Citi Field. What I saw last Saturday afternoon was not called for. Ollie’s outing does not affect the regular season and our pursuit of getting into the post season. Second of all Ollie didn’t do anything that we don’t expect from him. Ollie is very inconsistent, he’ll not make it out of the 1st inning in one start and the next start he’ll go 8 innings and giving up no more than 1 hit in that start. We also know that Ollie has problems in pitching in games against lesser teams during the regular season. Now I know the Red Sox are a great team, potential A.L. East divison winners but Saturday’s game didn’t count and I believe that for some reason Ollie just does not have his head on right for those type of games. Fans should be used to this by now or at least better start getting used to it because that is the way Ollie is and for better or worse he is with the Mets for the next 3 years.
What did bother me Saturday was how fast the Met fans are to boo their own players. Castillo got some jeers from the crowd during the weekend as well. I don’t think this is a good way to start the season in a new ball park. I was hoping that with Citi Field and the additions of K-Rod and J.J. Putz as well as a complete revamp of the bullpen the boos would be silenced, at least for a little bit of time during the first few months of the season but it does not look like that will be the case. I don’t think it’s smart to boo our guys before the season even starts! Our guys need to know that coming home their home fans are going to have their backs and support them. I can understand letting out your frustrations if it was August or the dreaded month of September but April 4, 2009 in an exhibition game is unacceptable.