A day after Carlos Beltran had three homers in Colorado, the Mets spread out their deep shots, with Jason Bay, Fernando Martinez and David Wright all homering in a come-from-behind 6-4 win against the Houston Astros.
Saturday's news reports:
• Post columnist Mike Vaccaro wonders if the Mets and Yankees could do business, with Beltran winding up in the Bronx. Writes Vaccaro:
If it feels like the Yankees and the Mets never do any business together . . . well, that’s not really true. Since November 1964, when the Yankees drafted the immortal Duke Carmel off the roster of the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo, the teams have engaged in 14 deals (nine of them trades, the others purchases or Rule V drafts) involving one another. Most of them are forgotten, and with reason, because most of them involve the likes of Hal Reniff (1967) and Roy Staiger (1977) and Steve Ray (1983) and Mike Draper (1992). Some involve players whose baseball cards you no doubt have in a shoebox somewhere: Ray Burris (bought by the Mets, 1979); Frank Tanana (traded from the Mets to the Yankees for the unforgettable Kenny Greer, 1993); Tim Burke and Lee Guetterman (traded for each other on June 9, 1992).
How did Armando Benitez work out for the Yankees? I remember Jim Duquette joking once at a charity event with Brian Cashman that it took the Yankees only a few weeks to figure out what it took the Mets a few years.
• Roger McDowell returned to the Braves after his suspension for his inappropriate interaction with fans in San Francisco. "I've always said this is the best office in the world," McDowell said. "When I put the uniform back on I felt how fortunate I am to be able to put this uniform on and represent the organization. ... I am not proud of the way I acted and I know that it will not happen again."
• Terry Collins managed a game in Houston for the first time since his tenure as Astros manager came to a close after the 1996 season. "There's really nothing the same," Collins said. "The uniforms have changed, the ballpark's changed. I don't know anybody. There's really nothing similar to when I was here. I've certainly followed them over the years because I was a part of it once, but it's a whole different atmosphere now." Collins said his 1994 team with Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio would have made the postseason if not for the strike. They were a half-game behind first-place Cincinnati in the NL Central when the season prematurely ended. Read more in the Record and Newsday.
• Don't look now, but the Mets are on track to win their third straight series after taking Friday's opener in Houston. Still, Brian Costa of The Wall Street Journal uses the overall slow start to discuss those awful 1962 Mets. Writes Costa:
The phone calls come once every several years. Somewhere, a team will be losing baseball games at an astonishing rate. And invariably, the living members of the 1962 New York Mets will be asked for their opinion. Nearly half a century after they set a modern record by losing 120 games, they remain the nation's foremost authorities on prolonged ineptitude. "I kind of hate the phone calls about it," said Al Jackson, a starting pitcher on the '62 Mets. "People make fun of it, sure, but they didn't live through it. I lived through this. I could have had a heart attack. That's how bad I felt."
BIRTHDAY: Ex-Met Dick Tidrow turns 64. Most forget that Tidrow, a former Yankee, closed his career with a dreadful 11-game stint in 1984 as a Met, in which he finished with a 9.19 ERA. Tidrow has since gone on to become a major success as an executive with the San Francisco Giants, and is credited by GM Brian Sabean as being the key decision-maker with regards to the drafting of their young pitching talent. -Mark Simon