Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by wrbanwal, Apr 9, 2009.
How much does Giles get paid??
who'd a thunk
That Bullpen stepped up again!!!!!!
Padres beat the Mets, and win the very first game in thier brand spanking new house!
I don't get to watch many games. Tonight was special,
I hate the Mets!!
woooooooooo! let's go padres, let's show 'em how it's done! let's go padres, let's have some baseball fun!
what was it, 3 Pitches into the game, and Bam 1-0 Padres.
I get all of the games here. And I seem to watch them all. :banghead:
Too much. :yes:
He can't even run out a ground out.
then I guess that means you need to get a life :icon_rofl:
I watched the game on local Channel 4 AND ESPN. It was a wild game.
All the hoopla and distractions didnt seem to faze the boys.
That cat running on the field about mid-game was crazy. Silva was pitching and just quietly went about his business.
Padres spoil Citi Field fun for Mets
Gerut, Gonzalez homer; go-ahead run crosses plate on balk
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
04/13/09 10:22 PM ET
NEW YORK -- Jody Gerut started the game with a home run and David Eckstein added had three hits on Monday as the Padres spoiled the Mets' opener at Citi Field, 6-5, before a sold-out crowd of 41,007.
Gerut's home run off Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey in the first inning was the first hit, home run, run scored and RBI in Citi Field history.
The Padres (6-2) also got a home run from Adrian Gonzalez.
David Wright drilled a three-run home run for the Mets in the fifth inning, as New York (3-4) erased a 5-1 deficit to tie the score at 5.
The Padres took the lead in the sixth inning when Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano balked in a run after Luis Rodriguez reached third base on an error by right fielder Ryan Church.
San Diego starter Walter Silva allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings, including the home run to Wright. Edward Mujica (1-1) got the victory by getting the last out of the fifth inning.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Actually checked in on ESPN here as well. The guys looked good, and it was nice that they beat the Mets to boot.
Meanwhile, the Nats are now 0-7 :no: and Harry Kalas died in our booth at Nats Park...not a good day here in DC.
04/13/09 7:14 PM ET
New park stirs old memories for Bell
Padres closer's bitter feelings for Mets subside over years
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- No trip to New York is complete without a stop by Heath Bell's locker, where the Padres' closer always has something candid and honest to say about his time with the Mets.
More than two years have passed since the Mets traded Bell to San Diego, prior to the start of the 2007 season.
The trade was fully embraced by Bell, who spent parts of the 2004-06 seasons in the Mets' bullpen.
It's an old story by now, how Bell was underutilized and underappreciated and how he rode what he and other Mets called the "Heath Bell Express" from Triple-A Norfolk to Shea Stadium, which has now disappeared, replaced by sparkling-new Citi Field.
What hasn't dissipated, however, are Bell's feelings about the Mets and their fans -- the latter of which he still has strong and overwhelmingly positive feelings.
"People always ask me what the most memorable thing about coming back is," Bell said before Monday's game against the Mets. "I say the fans."
Bell is in his first season as closer for the Padres and already has saved three of their five victories of the season, as he's made the move from eighth-inning specialist to replacing a legend in Trevor Hoffman without a hiccup.
"I've got a great opportunity in San Diego to show Major League Baseball what I can do," Bell said. "I'm thankful for [Mets general manager] Omar [Minaya] for getting rid of me, to get out. I'm fortunate the Padres gave me a chance."
Bell's disdain for the way he perceives the Mets handled him over parts of three seasons has subsided every season he's been away from New York. He's grateful the team gave him a chance to make it to the Major Leagues as an undrafted player.
"It's just part of the game," he said. "Unfortunately, I was the only guy in '05 and '06 in the bullpen who had [Minor League] options, so I could go up and down. I remember once, [closer] Billy Wagner noticed I wasn't there one day. When I came back he asked, 'Did you leave or get sick and not show up?'"
So should Bell get an opportunity to pitch in the ninth inning of a game this week, he will not be looking to exact a measure of revenge. Bell knows he's made it.
"I'm happy I've established myself as a Major League ballplayer and that everyone else knows I'm a Major League player," Bell said. "I want to show the [Mets] organization, not the guys there, they knew I could play.
"A piece of me is still here with the old Shea. I was a non-drafted free agent and they gave me a shot. There's so much to be thankful for. On the other hand, I really never felt like I got a chance. I felt wronged in some ways."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Oh, man. Bad day all around for DC!
RIP Harry Kalas and Mark Fidrych. :icon_sad:
It wasnt a black cat
I know. I think it was a tabby. IF it had been a black cat, the Mets fans probably would have completely freaked.
When I was pitching, I use to talk to myself much like Mark did. I didnt talk too the ball though.
That cat was trying to get out of there, it jumped up on one of those short walls, and there was a fan sitting right there, The cat jumped back down on the ground was hitting 100MPH in 4 strides!
04/13/09 6:44 PM ET
Padres say Citi Field has a 'nice feel'
Players, Black predict Mets' new stadium will play big
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- For the one Padres player who should know his way around these parts, it was somewhat surprising, though completely understandable, that closer Heath Bell took a wrong turn on Monday.
After all, the one landmark Bell was used to seeing when he stepped off the subway, Shea Stadium, wasn't there, reduced to either a pile of rocks or parking spots for Citi Field, the new home of the New York Mets.
Bell, who spent parts of three seasons with the Mets from 2004-06, didn't mind a little bit of a detour Monday, hours before the Mets opened their new stadium with a game against Bell and the Padres.
"I went right instead of going left ... but it actually worked out because I was able to see the whole stadium," Bell said. "Outside and inside, it's a really nice ballpark. I think that they took a little bit of other stadiums and incorporated it here. I think that's good.
"With this one, I think it's going to be a little more fan-friendly."
Bell arrived early to Citi Field on Monday, mostly out of curiosity, wanting to see exactly what they did with Shea Stadium, a place he first got to know as a rookie in 2004, and the new stadium, where the Padres are playing three games this week.
Bell walked out toward the bullpen area in right-center where fans are afforded the, well, opportunity to voice their opinions to relievers, especially those who are wearing visiting uniforms, as that bullpen is closer to the fans than the Mets' bullpen.
"I've already talked to those guys [Mets] ... if we do have a brawl, we're going to stay there and duke it out," Bell said, smiling. "We're going to have a little cage match. ... They are going to lock our door and we're going to lock theirs."
San Diego manager Bud Black, who said before the game that he "loves old ballparks," like the looks of Citi Field, especially with the way they kept a touch of Shea Stadium.
"I like the open park," Black said. "I like the way they incorporated some Shea Stadium things here. The apple, the bigger scoreboard ... it has a nice feel to it."
But then, thinking more as a manager instead of a fan, Black wondered the same thought those across the way in the Mets' dugout are probably wondering: How is the stadium going to play?
"The question everyone asks, is it a pitchers park, is it a hitters park?" Black said. "My early impression is I might lean a little toward the pitching side. It's 408 [feet to center field] and 415 out to right-center. Then with the way it juts back there in right-center."
The fence that borders the bullpens in right-center gives the Citi Field an asymmetrical look and, potentially, a delicate place to play a ball for a right or center fielder.
"It's going to play big," Bell said. "I think it's going to be good for the Mets because they are really fast. If [Jose] Reyes hits a ball just right, he can probably run for days ... without a slide."
San Diego outfielder Scott Hairston, who appreciated the history of Shea Stadium and counted it as one of his favorite places to play in the league, was enjoying the creature comforts on Monday, which included a separate weight room and indoor batting cages near the clubhouse.
"Someone said the cages were a half mile down on the left," Hairston quipped.
But, he said, it's the experience of playing in New York, in front of passionate fans, at Shea Stadium or Citi Field, that really makes this trip a memorable one for him.
"It's one of my favorites because of the fans, who are into the game the whole game," Hairston said. "The passion the fans have here in New York always made it interesting. And this is a beautiful place. What more can you ask for?"
When Heath was pitching in the 9th, it looked like he was going to puke. Thank god he didnt. I am glad there was no brawl as well.
The poor thang was freaking. It was just looking for a way out. I wonder how it got in!
A crazy game for a first one to open a new ballpark!
Those walls in Center Field played VERY HUGE!
There were a couple of balls that should of been out of there, but all they were was very LONG outs!
someone had to sneak it in a purse or something. One has to wonder if it wasnt a player.
I dunno, it's not like those places are enclosed. It'd be relatively easy for a stray tabby to get loose in Petco.
Dude, Nobody expects the Padres to do much this year.
Enjoy the wins while they last.
Who knows? They may continue to surprise. Stranger things have happened in this sport.
They're doing this Tampa Bay Style....out of know where. I think they are playing with a chip on their shoulder.
Right now I am getting the MLB Extra Innings free preview over here and I am loving watching my padres every day. I am seriously considering getting the package. But it would suck if they go back to their old ways and i spend all that money. Is it a risk worth taking? :icon_shrug: I love my Pads.
Mets fall behind early but rally falls short as Padres win Citi Field debut
NEW YORK -- The place looked gorgeous. The Mets looked lost.
Jody Gerut christened Citi Field with a leadoff homer -- the only time that's happened in major league history -- and the San Diego Padres spoiled New York's first game in its glittering new ballpark with a 6-5 victory Monday night.
Arangure: Shea It Ain't So
The Mets christened the brand new Citi Field Monday with results and mistakes that harken back to the days of Shea Stadium. Same old Mets? We'll see, writes Jorge Arangure Jr. Story
Pedro Feliciano balked in the go-ahead run and the Mets made several costly mistakes, opening Citi Field the same way they closed Shea Stadium: with a dud.
"It's bittersweet," David Wright said. "Winning will do a lot more than the park."
Gerut's shot off Mike Pelfrey marked the first time that the first batter homered in the opening game at a big league ballpark, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
• Jody Gerut became the first player in MLB history to open a ballpark with a home run.
• David Wright tied the game at five in the fifth inning, but Luis Rodríguez scored on a Pedro Feliciano balk in the sixth inning for the winning margin.
• The Padres have won five straight and lead the NL West at 6-2.
• Edward Mujica earned the first win in Citi Field history, while Brian Stokes took the loss.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
"Very cool," Gerut said. "Maybe at the end of the season when I look back on this, I'll have a greater sense of what happened here. But at the time, all I'm thinking is that it put us ahead."
Wright rallied New York from an early four-run hole with a three-run homer that tied it, but it wasn't enough. Duaner Sanchez and Heath Bell, both former Mets relievers, closed out the fifth straight win for surprising San Diego, expected to be one of baseball's worst teams this year.
Adrian Gonzalez also homered for the Padres, who improved to 6-2.
The Mets are looking for more success at $800 million Citi Field than they had at big Shea, where they spent 45 seasons that produced two World Series championships -- and consecutive September collapses the past two years.
The Mets lost to Florida in the Shea finale last season, eliminating them from playoff contention. They haven't been any better in their stadium openers -- New York dropped its first game at the old Polo Grounds (1962) and at Shea Stadium (1964), both by 4-3 scores to Pittsburgh.
Wide-eyed fans filed in Monday through the stately Jackie Robinson Rotunda, many snapping photos and searching for souvenirs only steps from where Shea Stadium was razed to make room for Citi Field's parking lot.
Pregame ceremonies included Hall of Famer Tom Seaver and former New York catcher Mike Piazza walking in together from the bullpen, both wearing Mets jerseys. Seaver threw out the first pitch to Piazza, a strike, and pumped his fist.
Both players autographed the ball, which is headed to the Hall of Fame.
With its intricate brickwork and charming archways, Citi Field was designed to invoke the warmth of Ebbets Field, beloved home of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1913-57.
Even the team mascot, Mr. Met, has his own room under the stands.
"It's impressive. It's a nice place. It's such a stark, dramatic change from Shea Stadium," said Padres Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, now an executive vice president and senior adviser for San Diego.
The Mets tested out the cozy ballpark with two exhibition games April 3-4 against Boston. But this was the real thing, and it certainly didn't go as planned.
Gerut pulled Pelfrey's third pitch down the right-field line, stunning a sold-out crowd of 41,007. The first hit at Shea Stadium also was a home run, by Pirates Hall of Famer Willie Stargell off "Fat Jack" Fisher on April 17, 1964.
"That's probably the only place in the yard where I can get it out. This park plays pretty big," Gerut said.
Indeed, Wright and Carlos Beltran hammered long drives to center that Gerut caught near the fence, balls that probably would have left most big league parks -- including Shea.
Pelfrey looked out of sorts all night in his team's new digs. He caught a cleat on the mound in mid-delivery, sending the 6-foot-7 right-hander tumbling awkwardly to the turf in the second inning with Padres starter Walter Silva at the plate.
Pelfrey wasn't hurt, so he tried to waive off manager Jerry Manuel and a team trainer. They came out to check on him anyway.
"I asked them if the game was on TV. It was pretty embarrassing," Pelfrey said.
Silva then slapped a two-out single, sparking a three-run rally that included David Eckstein's two-run double and Brian Giles' soft RBI single.
Gonzalez gave San Diego a 5-1 cushion with a fifth-inning homer against Pelfrey that caromed off the screen attached to the right-field foul pole.
"We just haven't seen the life in those pitches," Manuel said. "We'll have to really sit down and see if there's anything wrong with him."
The Mets finally revved up their fans in the bottom of the fifth. Daniel Murphy hit an RBI single and Wright reached down to yank a full-count pitch over the retired numbers above the 364-foot sign on the left-field fence.
The homer tied it at 5 and chased Silva, a 32-year-old rookie. It also raised -- for the first time during a game -- the shiny red apple nestled behind the center-field wall. The old apple was a staple at Shea, weather-beaten but always a favorite touch for fans.
The Mets, however, gave away the decisive run in the sixth.
With Brian Stokes (0-1) pitching, Luis Rodriguez opened the inning with a long fly to right that glanced off Ryan Church's glove for a three-base error. Two outs later, Feliciano balked home a run that put the Padres up 6-5.
Murphy dropped a deep fly to left on Sunday in Florida, leading to two runs in a 2-1 loss.
"Right now it just seems like we're a little off. We're not playing a complete game," Wright said.
Edward Mujica (1-1) retired his only batter for his first major league win. Sanchez worked a perfect eighth and Bell pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save.
Across town, the new Yankee Stadium opens Thursday with a game against Cleveland. ... Gary Sheffield is slated to get his first Mets start Wednesday night in right field.
do you remember the skunks at the Murph?
I've heard tell of them, but never saw/smelled any of them :icon_eek:
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