I’d meant to head out to Shea Stadium yesterday… I’d thought to at least try to get some autographs before the game, and maybe hang out to see Mike Pelfrey’s major league debut if I could score a decent ticket.
But I’ve been tired all week, and the prospect of waking up at 5:30 a.m. to be there in time to catch the players coming in just did not appeal. And I have to admit to being slightly spooked by the subway attacks this week, even though the alleged perpetrators were quickly caught.
So, I stayed home and watched the doubleheader from the comfort of my air-conditioned living room. I didn’t really care for the outcome of the first game, but John Maine didn’t pitch all that badly.
In the second, Mike Pelfrey showed some signed of nerves in the first inning, but he got out of trouble without allowing any runs. Then in the bottom of the first, the Mets staked him to a five run lead. I figured he’d have it easy, but despite the ever-increasing lead the offense gave him, Pelfrey labored to get through five innings.
He’s definitely a talent, and I’m glad I got to see him earn his first ML win (even if it was on TV) but I think he should be headed back to Binghamton or Norfolk to get some more experience under his belt before his next start at Shea.