Monday, April 11, 2005

Emergency News Bulletin

Mike Piazza just threw out a would-be base-stealer at second base. A press conference is scheduled for after the game to discuss the rare feat.

True, it was Morgan Ensberg, who stole only six bases in 10 chances last year. True, at the plate Piazza has made the third out twice in two trips to the plate today, both with a runner aboard, dropping his average to .167 at this early juncture, poor enough for lowest in the starting lineup by 50 points, but . . . wait, I'm pretty sure I had a point here.

Meanwhile, the Mets are trailing the Astros, 1-0 in the fourth. The Mets have five hits without even a play at the plate, much less a run, while Houston scored in the first (part of the Mets' Standard Operating Procedures, it seems) and have one run on two hits. This is the kind of everyday baseball that tempered the joy of yesterday's win.

Did I mention Mike Piazza threw out a base-stealer?

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