Stoning the Rockies, ’86 Celebration Madness, and the return of the David Wright Goatee Watch 2006!
Okay, let’s start with Friday, August 18th, my 20th home game this season. (Pedro Martinez Gigantic T-Shirt Giveaway Day.) My at-Shea winning percentage is now an impressive .800, 16 wins and 4 losses. Fun for Zoe!
I got some great pics, including this awesome hit by David Wright (player of the game!) where you can see the ball whizzing off to do its damage against Colorado. Check out the whole amazin’ shebang in my latest thrill-filled photo gallery. Endy Chavez continued to perform his tushy off as well, and I would later learn (because I DVR even the games I attend) that Willie Randolph called Chavie his favorite player. Zoe Message to Endy Chavez: Please stay healthy. Zoe Message to Evil Eye: Screw you and go vacation in Canada.
Now, can we talk about the ’86 team for a minute? Because even SNY’s Gary Cohen admitted he teared up at Saturday night’s tribute, and Ron Darling clutched his heart and exclaimed that he was "ferklempt." I don’t need to go into details of the moving, ovationtastic ceremony. Y’all saw that too. But hello–did you happen to notice how hilarious Keith Hernandez was in the commentators’ booth for the remainder of the night? Rob thought he was blitzed, but I think he (and Darling) were just so ebulliently happy that they were overcome by sheer giddyness. And oh how I love a giddy sports analyst. The laughter in that booth was contagious and enjoyable.
Which leads us to a lovely segue into my next topic. Keith Hernandez? You are so metrosexual. He doesn’t look it, but Keith Hernandez is obsessed with clothing! More specifically, with uniforms. For a while now, he’s made sure we hear continuously about his favorite topic–socks. For Saturday and Sunday’s games, the Mets wore a modern version (meaning not skin-tight) of the ’86 uniform. Keith loved seeing his old duds, but nearly screamed in horror when Lastings Milledge showed up at bat wearing his usual high socks, in this case blue. An aghast Keith Hernandez exclaimed, "You need the stirrups!" Later on, he rhapsodized about lining up the piping along the side of the uniform so top and bottom seamlessly stripe down the side. As to Michael Tucker’s piping? Keith remarked: "Look how pretty that looks." But most funny of all, for the next day’s (Sunday’s) game, when Keith Hernandez saw how lined up El Duque’s side stripe piping was, he proclaimed we had to win the game because of that pretty uniform. This led Ron Darling to proclaim him the "Oleg Cassini" of baseball. I am so in love with that.
But lest we leave the topic of grooming, it’s time for the latest entry in the David Wright Goatee Watch 2006. It’s ba-ack. Looks like our David’s rocking out his bad boy look once more. Of course Pete McCarthy and I discussed this hilariously during my "Under The Lights" radio appearance. Just as Willie’s auditioning starting pitchers for the post-season, I’m pretty sure our #5 is auditioning facial hair to see whether clean shaven, stubbly, or goateed will make it to October. Which do you like best? I’ll throw in a couple extra goatee pics to help the decision.