President of the “Bring Back the Boater!” movement investigates.
The only thing visually different was the new marketing hats the Mets broke out, with their garish orange brims that had the look of Oriole beaks, and the funky, white-trimmed, almost indiscernible “NY” on the peak.
So, yes, it must have been the hats. You certainly can’t blame Dillon Gee for this loss. The 26-year-old righty, making his first regular-season start since last July 7, when doctors discovered a clotted artery in his shoulder, gave the Mets a third straight stellar pitching effort after Jon Niese and Matt Harvey by limiting the Padres to three hits and one run — altogether in the fourth — over 6.1 innings. Unlike Niese and Harvey, Gee did not enjoy run support that made it a laugher.
... I asked Terry Collins how this happened. How do the Mets play two games, scoring almost at will, and then come up so flat? Were they simply swinging too hard, being too aggressive, which would account for the alarming 14 strikeouts? Or was it simply those awful hats that were blinding them? (I’ll at least say this: They’re not half as bad as those goofy Mr. Met caps they wore during spring training.)
“We do like to mix things up a little,” Collins said in regard to the hats, and leaving it at that.
Posted: April 05, 2013 at 08:57 AM | 24 comment(s)
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