I love baseball so much. The game has become such an integral part of me – it’s connected to my soul. When I’m on one of my retreats to the hospital, all I want to know is what the Mets did and how did Zack Wheeler look, or did I miss any transactions, but most of all, “did the Mets win?”
I was so glad to be home to watch the game yesterday, mostly because I love it when the Braves and Mets hook up. But this time I also had another reason – I wanted to catch a glimpse of Vic Black, the relief prospect we got back from the Pirates in the Marlon Byrd deal.
With the game already out of hand and the Braves loading the bases against Pedro Feliciano, here was the moment I was waiting for. Terry Collins tapped his right arm on the way to the mound and out came Black jogging to the mound.
I could hear the Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black playing in my head. I saw them play it live twice, once in San Diego at old Jack Murphy Stadium.
So with two outs and Andrelton Simmons at the plate, the newest Mets’ fireballer cranked a pair of 97 mph strikes toward home plate, the second of which was an inning ending shallow flyball to right field. Juan Lagares squeezed the glove and Black did his job, leaving all three inherited runners stranded. Two quick pitches… One huge out…
That was nice… But the problem was that was all…
In the top of the seventh, Omar Quintanilla pinch-hit for Black and his Mets debut was over. Quintanilla hit a fly for the final out of the inning. Oh well… I would have liked to see some more of Black, but those two pitches were all we’ll get to go on for now.
By the way, is Terry Collins kidding me when the first thing he says at the post game was to announce that Dice-K was still his starter?
“There’s no reason why we don’t probably run him back out there again,” Collins said of Matsuzaka, who is 0-3 with a 10.95 ERA in three starts since joining the Mets. “He’s got to keep going. He’s got to keep battling. So we’ll get him ready for his next start.”
That might be the ugliest three game debut for a new Mets pitcher I have ever seen.