I don’t know about you, but I think the Mets did a splendid job paying homage to the team’s history yesterday, the 50th anniversary of their first regular-season game: they lost in pretty awful fashion. How retro! The pitchers gave up 10 walks, then hitters managed just three hits — including Ike Davis‘ first of the year , so he now has a batting average — and no runs in losing to the Washington Nationals, 4-0. In contrast, the Mets who played against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 11, 1962 scored four runs on eight hits and the pitchers that day walked just one batter. The current model Mets are now 4-2 and there’s already tsouris about falling apart. After management and doctors bungled Davis’ injury last year, there is little confidence in what they report about David Wright’s fractured pinky and how soon he’ll return to action.
The Jewish Sports Collectibles site notes that Joe Ginsberg was behind the plate for that first game in ’62. Unfortunately, that’s erroneous: he was in the second game of the year and played just one more before calling it quits.
In other games:
Ian Kinsler had a double and hit his third home run of the young season, but the Seattle Mariners scored four runs in the last two innings to beat the Rangers, 4-3. Kinsler scored one run and drove in one. Scott Feldman did not appear in the game. The Rangers are 4-2.
Danny Valencia was 1-3 with a run scored as the Twins won their first game of the year (against four losses), defeating the Angels, 6-5. Jason Marquis will make one more minor league start and then be added to the Major League roster. He may take his first trip to the mound next week against the Yankees.
Kevin Youkilis was 0-4 as the Red Sox lost to the Blue Jays, 3-1. Boston is now 1-5 and more than a few are happy because they just don’t like new Bobby Valentine. Terry Francona, who guided the team to their first two World Championships since 1918, was unceremoniously dumped after last year’s late collapse. He said he would not attend the festivities as the Sox celebrate the 100th anniversary of their fabled Fenway Park. That’s a shande. As Tony Kornheiser pointed out on yesterday’s Pardon the Interruption, Francona would no doubt be given the loudest ovation of the day, thereby sticking it to Valentine just a bit.
Ryan Braun did not appear in the Brewers’ 2-1 win over the Cubs, scratched from the line-up for “chest tightness,” which sounds fairly serious to me. isn’t that what heart attack victims say?. He told reporters he was tuning out comments from”creative” Chicago fans about his PED situation.
Craig Breslow did not appear in the Diamondbacks’ 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres.