By Mike Steffanos
I'm still somewhat skeptical of the conspiracy theories surrounding Keith Hernandez' absence from the booth last night after not making the trip for those 3 games in Washington. I've heard the same rumors that some of you have, regarding a comment Keith made in a game last week that Paul Lo Duca made a play that Piazza wouldn't have made last season, and that this somehow angered the Mets hierarchy. It seemed quite silly when I heard it, but I have to admit that I was a little taken back last night when Darling was again doing the color for the first game of the Brewers series.
I looked for over an hour this morning for any information on Keith, and couldn't come up with anything. I guess no news is good news in that regard. If there really was something going on, it would be difficult to keep quiet. Still, I'll feel better when I see Keith in the booth again. The first time he refers to the Mets catcher as Deluca, I'll know that all is right with the Mets world.
Hernandez Batting Second
Wow, just saw the lineup for today's game and Anderson Hernandez moves up the 2 slot as Lo Duca gets the day off. I'm sure there will be some controversy over this if he makes outs in key situations.
Daily News: Sanchez picks up Heilman
The depth of the bullpen is definitely one of the stories of the 2006 New York Mets. Roger Rubin recounts a successful bailout of Aaron Heilman by Duaner Sanchez last night. You know that at some point this season the opposite will happen.
As for Sanchez, this kid is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. He has no fear, requires almost no warm-up, and can pitch practically every day. I hated to see Jae Seo go, but I liked this trade when it happened and still like it.
Newsday: Wagner still looking for his best fastball
David Lennon reports on Billy Wagner's early season struggle to find his trademark velocity.
Hartford Courant: SNY on Charter Cable
John Howell reports that Charter Communications in Western Connecticut has reached a deal with SportsNet New York. Howell also notes that Adelphia, who drove me and other Mets fans into the arms of satellite, is still negotiating. Some Mets fans are still fighting their own cable companies. For more information, visit their web sites:
If you're without SNY on your local system, and have a web site or on-line petition, let me know and I'll link to you. And a reminder, to those of you that like me have switched to satellite -- make sure when you cancel your cable you let the cable company know why. If enough people do that, it does pressure the company into possibly reconsidering their decision.