First things first, wishing you dads out there a Happy Father’s Day.
I’d especially like to say hi to my dad, who introduced me to baseball, and nurtured my love for the sport as somebody who’d play catch with me in the back yard, take me to the Indians games and hit grounders to me as my Little League coach.
Baseball, to this day, has always been a common denominator in our lives. Even when we argued, as fathers and sons do, baseball was something we could always talk about.
Later, I brought him down to spring training with me and that was a wonderful, special time, one I’ll always be grateful for having experienced.
I love my dad and always will for the things he taught and gave me, and one of those things was baseball.
This afternoon the Mets will be going after their third season series win over the Yankees, something they did in 2004 and 2008.
The Mets were in last place in the NL East when they won two of three against the Yankees at Citi Field in May. After losing the opener of that series, they’ve gone 19-7 since to vault into contention.
Today will feature a marquee pitching duel between Johan Santana and CC Sabathia.
Santana allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings in beating Sabathia, May 23. Santana gave up nine runs in three innings in his only start in the new Yankee Stadium, a 15-0 loss last June 14.