For the past 25 years I have sat in baseball press boxes and watched young pitcher after young pitcher walk onto a mound and try to strut their stuff. Some have more talent than others. Some have more desire than others. Some have the intellect to make up for sub-standard stuff. But the true litmus test is on the nights they do not have their best stuff and during those games how they alter their game plan to get themselves to the finish line.
In many ways, the Mets could not have asked for a better first week – winning four of six with superb starting pitching right throughout the homestand, punctuated by a walk-off come from behind win on Sunday. Critics of the Mets might point to the fact that the competition was not exactly the '27 Yankees but don't expect the Mets to share that opinion.
"We know what the baseball world thinks of us," says Marlon Byrd, who cracked Sunday's game winning hit. "But that does not matter. What matters is what we feel in this clubhouse and we all know what we are capable of doing." Byrd's story is an interesting one because he decided to go play winter ball to prove to the baseball world he could play after a sub-par year soiled by a 50-game suspension for using performance enhancing drugs.
The buzz late Friday morning Johan Santana's spring debut pushed back from March 2nd to mid-March. General Manager Sandy Alderson said Santana will throw from March 10-1. He didn't pitch after Aug. 17 because of lower back inflammation. Everyone says Santana is healthy and we spoke to him check it out on FiOS 1 News.
We also spoke to David Wright. The Mets 3rd Baseman and face of the franchise is ready for the season. He takes his role as the leader of this team seriously and believes that they can make a run at the playoffs.
Mike and I made the long drive to Port St. Lucie and there is one road that is a long two-lane highway. We saw some questionable passing from some drivers! Even passed an orange refinery that looked liked a hideout for a James Bond villain. Mike again with the quote of the day "How is our orange crop doing Number 2."
NEW YORK — The New York Yankees defeated their crosstown rivals, the New York Mets, 4 to 2 in Saturday night's game 2 of the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium. The Mets lose to the Yanks for a second time in a row following their 9-1 defeat on Friday. The Amazin' Mets hung in early in the game courtesy of an Omar Quintanilla home run in the third inning. The Mets managed to get one more home run thanks to David Wright, to put the team ahead at the top of the sixth inning.
Today, we have a mid-week treat for you on our Viral Video section. First, Ivy League student athletes show the world their singing and dancing talents, or maybe just coordinating ability. And also, a kitty-only play zone and the gnarliest street race ever. Tell us which video was your favorite on www.Facebook.com/LongIsland. If you want to share your favorite viral videos, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW YORK, N.Y. — Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has joined the 3,000 club. Jeter on Saturday became the 28th player in major league baseball history and first Yankee to reach the magical mark of 3,000 hits when he homered to left against David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning.