Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog.com posted a photo essay today about the dismantling of Shea Stadium. You really should take a look.
In case you missed it, tomorrow night at 8, SNY will re-air Shea Goodbye: The Closing Ceremony. You can also purchase a copy on iTunes.
In summary: “Our goal is to get to the World Series, win the World Series, and continue to win it, but the bottom line is we can’t even get to the playoffs so we need to find a better way to work hard at this. … It’s been two years a row now, but we didn’t get over that hurdle. You never feel good when you get this far and don’t make it.”
This didn’t come out good, but I knew what he meant. He didn’t want to go into immediate rip mode.
On getting over the hurdle: “Why is it we can’t get over that hurdle? I don’t have an answer right now.”
On Jerry Manuel’s status: “We’ll review what we want to do. We’ll discuss his whole status. That’s going to take a couple of days. I don’t see it being done with a day or two. It’s going to happen sooner than later.”
No doubt the bullpen needs to be improved, but he didn’t lay all the blame on the pen:
“I don’t think it’s one area. To put it on one area wouldn’t be fair. You have to ask yourself how can you score five runs this weekend? It’s a team effort.”
Santana gave up nine runs on 39 hits with 47 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings. He only walked 13.
With the way Santana finished the season, it is hard to believe he was booed in the first half. He’s been lights out since early July.
-Since July 4, was 9-0 with a 2.09 ERA in 17 starts. He allowed three runs or less in 16 of these starts.
-Santana was 6-0 with a 1.47 ERA in his last nine starts at Shea.
-Since July 4, he’s 9-0 with a 2.09 ERA in 17 starts. He has allowed three runs or less in 16 of these starts.
-Santana is 6-0 with a 1.47 ERA in his last nine starts at Shea.
-Santana is the first Mets pitcher to throw a complete-game on three days rest since David Cone, Aug. 13, 1990, at San Francisco.