It was a good baseball night:-Kris Benson retired the first ten batters.
-David Wright hit two solo home runs in his first two at bats.
-Cliff Floyd made a running catch in foul territory and flipped over the wall.
-Wright ran and dove and caught a popped up bunt on a suicide squeeze and turned it into an unassisted double play.
-Carlos Beltran went 4-for-4.
-Mike Piazza hit a three-run, opposite field homer to break a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth.
-Braden Looper didn’t screw up.
But it was a bad baseballs night:
-When Shea opened at 4:40pm, there were already a hundred kids in the seats because of some afternoon baseball clinic.
-The Mets ended batting practice 20 minutes early.
-The Braves ended batting practice 14 minutes early.
-There was a claustrophobically high attendance of 43,319.
-I was forced to stand for the entire game because the few seats I wanted were taken.
-I didn’t come within 30 feet of a single foul ball all night.
There were, however, some HappyZack moments:
-I got two balls thrown to me by future Hall of Famers (Tom Glavine and Andruw Jones).
-I got two more balls thrown to me by rookies (Andy Marte and Brian McCann) without even asking for them. These guys (who are top prospects…not scrubs…see comments below) just walked toward me and tossed them. Very weird.
-I extended both of my streaks (402 consecutive games with at least one ball…28 consecutive games with at least four).
-Not once did I get yelled at by security.
-I got Jeff Francoeur’s autograph and told him that I’ve written his name many many times on the minor league web site this season. He was nice, even for a 21-year-old rookie.
-While playing catch in shallow left field, Eddie Perez saw me moving to some salsa and shook his head with disdain. When I continued, he shouted, “You don’t know how to dance!” to which I replied, “Why don’t you help out my white [tushy] with a ball?!” He laughed but didn’t throw me one.
-I got to see Bobby Cox suffer.
Two other things:
-I’m going back to Shea later today as long as it doesn’t rain; my 28-game streak is in danger.
-My current ball total is a palindrome: 2,552.