8/23/06 at Shea Stadium
Ready for my shortest game entry ever? I got ONE ball all day, thrown by the newly acquired Guillermo Mota after his bullpen session with Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson. I was in the RF Loge. It was early. No other fans in sight. I called down. Guillermo tossed it up. And that was it. I didn’t get anything on the Cardinals’ side, even though I was color-coordinated and doing everything else right.
No balls at the dugout. No pregame throwing. No foul tips during the game, thanks to two starting pitchers–Mark Mulder and Steve Trachsel–who didn’t reach 90mph once all night. Things were so bad that I even got heckled by a peanut vendor. “You should stop collecting balls and start chasing girls,” he said.
Little does he know.
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GUSTAVO WATCH, PART 4
The Hample Jinx is unstoppable…
After getting spanked in four straight Minor League rehab starts, Gustavo Chacin returned to the Majors last night and got shellacked. He lasted just 1 1/3 innings and suffered the loss, giving up FIVE runs–including two homers–on six hits and three walks. (That’s a 33.75 ERA for those of you who are keeping score at home.) He threw over 15 pitches per out as his season ERA jumped to 6.32…and all for one lousy baseball. I hope it was worth it, Gus.