After kicking away Sunday’s game at Yankee Stadium, the Mets are in Chicago tonight to face the Cubs.
When you look at Mets’ history they’ve have periodic rivals. In 1969 and again in 1973, the Cubs were a big deal on their schedule. There’s also been the Pirates, the Braves and the Phillies.
One of my favorite sports books is “The Year the Mets Lost Last Place,’’ which documented a three-series stretch in 1969. Every now and then I’ll pick up the book and start to read. It always is fresh.
Mets at Cubs used to be in the afternoon, but that’s another lost tradition. Night games at Wrigley Field? I still don’t like it.
Here’s tonight’s line-up:
Jose Reyes, SS
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Carlos Beltran, RF
Jason Bay, LF
Justin Turner, 3B
Willie Harris, CF
Ronny Paulino, C
Ruben Tejada, 2B
Jonathan Niese, LP
COMMENTS: The first game after Fred Wilpon threw Reyes and Beltran under the bus. Not inaccurate comments, but it does make you wonder what the agenda is here.
Not even chemistry would make Todd Hundley the player he was supposed to be. On this date in 1996, Hundley homered from both sides of the plate and drove in a career-high seven runs in a 14-5 victory at San Francisco.
HUNDLEY: Enjoyed career day on this date.
Hundley would hit 41 homers that season, but never again had a year that approached those numbers. According to the Mitchell Report, Hundley started using steroids that season after never hitting more than 16 prior to that year.
Hundley, the son of former major league catcher Randy Hundley, hit 124 homers in nine seasons with the Mets, and after stints with the Dodgers and Cubs, finished with 202 career homers when he retired after the 2003 season.
Whomever the Mets choose as their general manager – indications are Sandy Alderson has the inside track – he’ll have a long list of managerial candidates to consider.
SANDBERG: Could be considered for manager job
Add Ryne Sandberg to that list. The Cubs bypassed Sandberg for Mike Quade, and the Hall of Fame second baseman is not pleased and he’ll obviously listen to other offers.
He’s done everything the Cubs asked of him in preparation for the opportunity to manage in the major leagues, including working his way up the minor league chain, from Single A to Triple A, with success, including being named Pacific Coast League manager of the year.
Sandberg does not have the major league experience advocated here and in other forums, but we don’t know how much that criteria will be weighed by the new general manager. If that is lower on his priority list, Sandberg would undoubtedly receive consideration, as will Wally Backman.
It’s all speculation for now, and some of it will fall on Sandberg.
Welcome to the expanded Mets Chat Room. I’ve linked up with Metsmerizedonline.com to bring you to the ground floor regarding chat rooms and blogs.
In addition to being hooked up to another successful Mets blog, we will eventually be linked to other blogs from around baseball.
To access, please click onto the Mets Chat Room icon to the left of this post. It will bring you to another page. At the bottom on the right is where you can click on to register. If you can use your same screen names that would be great. If not, do the best you can.
This is a work in progress. I am greatly optimistic about the future of this type of chat room.
Today, the Mets are in Chicago to play a team that is more inept than themselves. I know, it is hard to imagine, but true. With the Mets having dealt veterans and concede going with youth, they’ve raised the white flag on the competitive aspect of the season. From here on out it is about seeing the kids and hopefully finishing above .500.