An hour-and-a-half isn’t that bad a wait before a game gets called, especially this late in the season. Nonetheless, there’s things teams do during rain delays that really hack me off.
First, there’s little communication, if any, about the weather and the possible length of the delay. Personally, I think after an hour you should be entitled to leave with a full refund.
Second, and this is really a pet peeve, is you should be entitled to a full parking refund. You paid to park to watch a game. You didn’t get the game. Since you wouldn’t have parked there without the promise of the game, you never would have been there.
It is shameful you don’t get your money back.
Last night’s tickets aren’t any good. You could attempt to trade them in, but there’s little availability. There probably won’t be much availability the rest of the season, either. Here’s where the Mets should step up and list a full account of what’s left and issuing refunds.
The Mets lost a coin flip today against Philadelphia. If the teams haven’t both clinched at least the wild card and tied for first at the end of 162 games, the one-game tiebreaker will be in Philly. If they’ve both clinched a playoff spot, the Mets would win the NL East because they took the season series.
Jerry Manuel had his choice of either Johan Santana or Pedro Martinez to open tonight’s series against Atlanta. It was a no-brainer.
He’s the guy if you want to open a series,” Manuel said. “If you had a choice, you would choose, at this point in their careers, Johan.”
In a six-game winless stretch from June 6-July 4, the Mets gave Santana 11 runs. And, with the bullpen coughing up the lead in six of his games, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that with a little support he could be going after his 20th win tonight. His 2.70 ERA, not 13-7 record is indicative of how well he’s pitched.
Santana prevented the Mets from being swept by Philadelphia last Sunday, easily his most important victory of the season. That game is why they got him.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel said Oliver Perez has pitched so well lately that he’ll let this one slide. He can afford to because Carlos Delgado is playing up to the MVP chants.
It wasn’t a good night for Perez, but Delgado hit two more homers and has 24 in his last 66 games to lead the majors.
For awhile tonight it appeared as if Perez would kick this one away, but Delgado’s two homers and one by Carlos Beltran carried the Mets to a 10-8 victory over the Nationals to increase their lead over Philly to 2 1/2 games.
Kudos also to the bullpen. It has been hot in September, but tell the truth, aren’t you holding your breath?
For those who were with me tonight, many thanks. The Room is open all night.-JD