It is thought a change of scenery will snap Jeff Francoeur out of his funk, and he’s also a believer, saying the energy of the city might be the trigger he needs.
“I’m excited to be in New York, I’ve always enjoyed playing here,’’ Francoeur said. “I’ve always loved the city, so to finally get this chance, I’m excited.’’
One of the first calls he received came from Tom Glavine, who, despite the venom he took from Mets fans, endorsed them and the city to Francoeur.
From Glavine: “Make the most of it, if you play hard, hustle, and do things right, the fans will love you.’’
FRANCOEUR: Mets need his spark.
Francoeur said that’s him.
“I like to think I’m that kind of player, who gets dirty and plays the game the right way,’’ Francoeur said. “I’m 25 years old, and I feel like my best years are ahead of me… and I look forward to driving in runs, and throwing people out.’’
Francoeur starts in right tonight.
Here’s the line-up behind Johan Santana:
Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Gary Sheffield, LF
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Omir Santos, C
Alex Cora, SS
Johan Santana, LP
Santana is 9-7, but the Mets are 2-5 in his last seven starts.