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Game 17: New York Mets

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While it was a breeze getting to Yankee Stadium the other day, Citi Field is a different kettle of fish altogether.   Sam, Chris, Kitty and I boarded the Number seven train to Flushing Meadows.  The seven train is part of the elaborate Metropolitan Transit Authority systems that runs through the five boroughs and is nicknamed the “International Line”, for all of the ethnic neighbourhoods of Queens the elevated rail makes its way through on the way to the ballpark.  We picked it up in 42nd Street in Times Square in Manhattan and it was about a 25 minute ride.  It was rush hour and the temperature was about 100 degrees.  We had just visited the Holocaust Museum and Kitty likened our train trip to the Jews in Nazi Germany on a caboose travelling to Auschwitz. 

Citi Field is located next door to the site of the Mets old venue, Shea Stadium.  The exterior of Citi Field was built to resemble Ebbets Field, the former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers and the inside of the main gate features a rotunda also dedicated to the Dodgers and especially to Jackie Robinson.  There is a Mets Hall of Fame and pictures of former players outside the ballpark, while the gates have been structured with plates of great moments in Mets history.  Once you recover from the horrific train ride and relax, Citi Field is a nice looking stadium and it was also easy for us to get refreshments.

 

The Mets are having a good season and are currently winning their division, while the Phillies are struggling at the bottom of the division.  If things go with the form book, you would have to be wagering on New York.

 

                                      Philadelphia Phillies…………010 000 000 – 1

New York Mets…………….….130 203 02x – 11

 

Let me give you the anatomy of this game, play by play, straight from my game notes:

Top of the first.  Jimmy Robbins pops out to first baseman Ike Davis in foul territory.  Placido Polanco flies out to centre fielder Andres Torres.  Chase Utlety pops out to catcher Josh Thole in foul territory.  Bottom of the first.  Ruben Tejada flies out to left fielder John Mayberry.  Daniel Murphy triples on a fly ball to left fielder John Mayberry.  David Wright grounds out, third baseman Placido Polanco to first baseman Ty Wigginton.  Daniel Murphy scores.  Ike Davis grounds out sofly to first baseman Ty Wigginton.

 

Top of the second.  Carlos Ruiz homers on a fly ball to left centre field.  Hunter Pierce lines out to second baseman Daniel Murphy.  Shane Victorino grounds out, third baseman David Wright to first baseman Ike Davis.  Ty Wigginton singles on a ground ball to right fielder Lucas Duda.  John Mayberry strikes out swinging.  Bottom of the second. Lucas Duda walks.  Scott Hairston strikes out swinging.  Andres Torres singles on a line drive to left fielder John Mayberry.  Lucas Duda to second.  Josh Thole singles on a ground ball to right fielder Hunter Pence.  Lucas Duda to third.  Andres Torres to second.  Jon Niese singles on a ground ball to centre fielder Shane Victorino.  Lucas Duda scores.  Andres Torres scores.  Josh Thole out at third base on the throw from centre fielder Shane Victorino to third baseman Placido Polanco.  Ruben Tejada singles on a line drive to left fielder John Mayberry.  Jon Niese to second.  Daniel Murphy doubles on a fly ball to left fielder John Mayberry.  Jon Niese scores.  Ruben Tejada out at home on the throw from John Mayberry to shortstop Jimmy Rollins to catcher Carlos Ruiz.

 

Top of the third.  Vance Worley strikes out swinging.  Jimmy Rollins flies out to centre fielder Andres Torres.  Placido Polanco flies out to right fielder Lucas Duda.  Bottom of the third.  David Wright grounds out, second baseman Chase Utley to first baseman Ty Wigginton.  Ike Davis flies out to left fielder John Mayberry.  Lucas Duda singles on a ground ball to second baseman Chase Utley.   Scott Hairston strikes out swinging.

 

Top of the fourth.  Chase Utley grounds out, shortstop Ruben Tejada to first baseman Ike Davis.  Carlos Ruiz grounds out softly, pitcher Jon Niese to first baseman Ike Davis.  Hunter Pence lines out to shortstop Ruben Tejada. Bottom of the fourth.  Andres Torres called out on strikes.  Josh Thole singles on a ground ball to centre fielder Shane Victorino.  Jon Niese out on a sacrifice bunt, catcher Carlos Ruiz to second baseman Chase Utley.  Josh Thole to second.  Ruben Tejada singles on a line drive to centre fielder Shane Victorino.  Josh Thole scores.  Ruben Tejada to second on the throw.  Daniel Murphy singles on a line drive to left fielder John Mayberry.  Ruben Tejada scores.  David Wright flies out to left fielder John Mayberry.

 

Top of the fifth. Shane Victorino grounds out, third baseman David Wright to first baseman Ike Davis.  Ty Wigginton walks.  John Mayberry grounds into a force out, shortstop Ruben Tejada to second baseman Daniel Murphy.  Ty Wigginton out at second.  John Mayberry to first base.  Offensive substitution: pinch hitter Hector Luna replaces Vance Worley.  Hector Luna grounds out, shortstop Ruben Tejada to first baseman Ike Davis.  Bottom of the fifth.  Pitchers change: Raul Valdes replaces Vance Worley. Ike Davis grounds out, third baseman Placido Polanco to first baseman Ty Wigginton.  Lucas Duda strikes out swinging.  Scott Hairston singles on a soft fly ball to left fielder John Mayberry.  Andres Torres called out on strikes.

 

Top of the sixth.  Jimmy Rollins flies out to centre fielder Andres Torres.  Placido Polanco walks.  Chase Utley grounds into a force out, first baseman Ike Davis to shortstop Ruben Tejada.  Placido Polanco out at second.  Chase Utley to first.  Carlos Ruiz flies out to centre fielder Andres Torres.  Bottom of the sixth.  Josh Thole grounds out, second baseman Chase Utley to first baseman Ty Wigginton.  Jon Niese walks. Ruben Tejada singles on a line drive to left fielder John Mayberry, deflected by shortstop Jimmy Rollins.  Jon Niese to second.  Daniel Murphy flies out softly to left fielder John Mayberry.  Pitches change: Brian Sanches replaces Raul Valdes.  David Wright homers on a fly ball to centre field.  Jon Niese scores.  Ruben Tejada scores.  Ike Davis strikes out swinging, catcher Carlos Ruiz to first baseman Ty Wigginton. 

 

Top of the seventh.  Hunter Pence singles on a sharp ground ball to centre fielder Andres Torres.  With Shane Victorino batting, wild pitch by Jon Niese, Hunter Pence to second.  Shane Victorino lines out to third baseman David Wright.  Ty Wigginton called out on strikes.  John Mayberry grounds out, third baseman David Wright to first baseman Ike Davis.  Bottom of the seventh.  Lucad Duda flies out softly to centre fielder Shane Victorino.  Scott Hairston flies out to centre fielder Shane Victorino.  Andres Torres grounds out softly, third baseman Placido Polanco to first baseman Ty Wigginton.

 

Top of the eighth.  Offensive substitution: Pinch hitter Juan Pierre replaces Brian Sanches.  Juan Pierre grounds out, shortstop Ruben Tejada to first baseman Ike Davis.  Jimmy Rollins flies out to centre fielder Andres Torres.  Placido Polanco grounds out, first baseman Ike Davis to pitcher Jon Nieses.  Bottom of the eighth.  Pitcher change: Jake Diekman replaces Brian Sanches.  Josh Thole singles on a ground ball to centre fielder Shane Victorino.  Offensive substitution: Pinch hitter Justin Turner replaces Jon Niese.  Justin Turner reaches on a force attempt, throwing error by third baseman Placido Polanco.  Josh Thole to second.  Ruben Tejada flies out to right fielder Hunter Pence.  Daniel Murphy doubles on a fly ball to centre fielder Shane Victorino.  Josh Thole scores.  Justin Turner scores.  David Wright Wright strikes out swinging.  Ike Davis called out on strikes.

 

Top of the ninth.  Pitcher change: Jon Raunch replaces Jon Niese.  Cahse Utley flies out to right fielder Lucas Duda.  Carlos Ruiz strikes out swinging.  Hunter Pence hit by a pitch.  Shane Victorino grounds out, pitcher Jon Raunch to first baseman.

 

So those are the bones of a game. It probably sounds a bit sterile put like that but I think that it just shows how many players are involved in the individual outs.  The Mets made a statement to the rest of the teams in this division and league that they intend to be playing ball in October.  The starting pitcher Jon Niese really took control of this game, holding the Phillies to just one run- the Carlos Ruiz solo homer in the second- in the eight innings that he pitched. 

Niese confirmed what I had always thought.  This game really is a pitchers game.  The batters long for the period between 1870 and 1887 when they were able to tell the pitcher where they wanted the ball in the strike zone - high or low.  Now, batters must always be on the defensive because baseballs fundamental act of offense is in fact swinging at (or defending) a pitch thrown at you.  There are only three things involved in hitting – the pitcher, the ball and the batter.  Once the ball is released, it becomes only two, so it comes down to who is better, you or the ball. 

 

Think of this: a 90 mile per hour fastball (and this is slow by today’s standards, Niese averaged 92) that leaves a pitchers hand 55 feet from the batters plate is travelling 132 feet per second and will reach the plate in .4167 of a second.  A change up, or slow breaking ball dawdling along at just 80 miles per hour travels only 117.3 feet per second and will give you the luxury of .4688 of a second.  The difference is .052 of a second.  Having made the decision to hit the pitch, the batter has about two tenths of a second to pass this information from his brain to his body and have the body react.  The ball can be touched by the bat in about two feet of the pitch’s flight path, or about fifteen thousandths of a second.

 

The ball is usually better.  Anyone who hits a ball thrown by a major league pitcher – who even just puts the ball in play - is doing something remarkable.

 

The overall major league batting average is about .260.  Anybody finishing the season over .300 has had a very good season.  So, if you bat at .260 you fail 74 out of 100 turns at bat.  Over 7,000 men have batted in the major leagues and only eight of them have averaged over .400 for a full season.  If you play ten or eleven seasons and have 7,000 at bats with 2,000 hits you are considered to have had a pretty good career.  But you have gone 0 for 5,000.  The great Yankee Mickey Mantle played for 18 years.  He batted almost 10,000 times and struck out about 1,700 times and walked about 1,800 times.  If you consider that he will have had about 500 at bats per year it means that Mantle went seven years without hitting the ball.

 

Niese also got to bat and made a pretty fist of it. He got a hit, a run, was walked and hit into a successful sacrifice play.  This was all a bonus as he is paid to pitch.  Also he only had to pitch eight innings as the Mets bought in closer Jon Raunche to finish things off while Niese could get the first shower.  Very nice job.  It seems to me that the pitcher has got it made in this sport.

 

This being a night game and tomorrow being the Fourth of July, at the conclusion of the match there was an awe inspiring fireworks show.  This of course prompted the crowds to stay right until the duration and resulted in full cattle trains again on our way back tour digs in Jersey.  We were sandwiched all the way back and felt that we really earned our night caps.

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Born and bred in Christchurch, I played Senior cricket for East Shirley and rugby for Shirley and Hornby. Moved to Wellington and played Senior cricket for Wellington Collegians abd rugby for WCOB and Harlequins.
Now a PE teacher at Nelson College. I coached the Nelson College 1st XV 2000-2008 and Nelson Rugby Football Club (tap...tap) 2009-2011.
I AM CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR A PUBLISHER OF MY BOOK ON THIS VENTURE!! ANY HELP - PLEASE CONTACT ME!!
CONTACT: grugby@vodafone.co.nz

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