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Carroll’s Cuisine: Yankees Are On The Mets’ Minds

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New York, NY – Anyone who has ever seen the film “Bull Durham,” which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer, will recall the scene where Kevin Costner’s character, Crash Davis, recites time-honored baseball cliches with the top one being, “You play one game at a time.”

The latest installment of the Subway Series begins Friday night at Citi Field but Mets players were ignoring the axiom about not looking ahead when I spoke to some of them last Friday afternoon before their game with the Cubs. In fact, they did not hide their excitement.

“The atmosphere is exactly like a playoff game,” according to Mets outfielder Michael Conforto who has played in the 2017 All-Star Game and in the 2015 World Series.

Conforto’s neighbor in both the outfield and the clubhouse is Brandon Nimmo who been one of the few bright spots for the team this season. Nimmo proved last season that he is a tough out for opposing pitchers but this year he is also showing unexpected home run power.

Nimmo has become a fan favorite not just because of his on-field production but also for his unfailingly sunny disposition. “Who wouldn’t be excited to play against a very good team that plays in our city?” he replied with his typically broad smile.

Mets closer Jeurys Familia, like every other Mets relief pitcher this season, has struggled mightily but his have really stood out because he is the team’s closer. Familia concurred with my assessment that a good series with the Yankees could atone for a lot of sins and hopefully jump start his team. He also acknowledged that blown saves against the Yankees would be very demoralizing to the fan base and could be a harbinger of a very rough rest of the 2018 season.

First baseman Adrian Gonzalez played a number of years for Southern California’s two National League teams, the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers. I asked him if he looked forward to gaimes against the Angels who were the American League rival to both of those clubs. “You definitely feed off of the energy of the fans in those games. On a personal level, I enjoyed playing the Angels in Anaheim because even though it was a road game I got to sleep in my own bed afterwards.”

Injuries have once again been a key reason for the Mets underperforming. The Mets entered the Cubs series missing such lineups mainstays as Wilmer Flores, Todd Frazier, and their big bopper, Yoenis Cespedes. Mets manager Mickey Callaway said at his Friday pregame press conference that he expects them all to return to action very shortly. When I pressed him about if they’d be back in time to face the Yankees, he hedged a bit saying that he expected at least one to be in the lineup.

The Mets have hired Marysol Castro and Colin Cosell (Howard’s grandson) to split the public address announcer duties. Marysol sounds exactly like San Francisco Giants public address announcer Renel Brooks-Moon.

About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at NYSportsDay.com. In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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