Greetings for DC, where the cherry blossoms are starting to bloom and the political commentary always rages.
My cabbie, who claims he was a drummer for Patti LaBelle’s group, railed against gas prices, the immigration marches and how the police hassle cab drivers.
And, in talking about Washington’s school system, crime and the homeless, said, “at least we have a baseball team.”
Security is air tight with secret service all over the place because the VP is here to throw out the first pitch. If they really wanted to blend in they’d be wearing a Nationals T-shirt and jeans because you can spot them a mile away.
Manager Willie Randolph likes consistency, and today’s line-up remains the same:
SS Jose Reyes
C Paul Lo Duca
CF Carlos Beltran
1B Carlos Delgado
3B David Wright
LF Cliff Floyd
RF Xavier Nady
2B Anderson Hernandez
RHP Brian Bannister
Around the Horn …
Mets GM Omar Minaya confirmed talking to Bob Watson, who’s in charge of discipline for on-field incidents for MLB, and said the umpiring crew was given a heads-up from last week’s beanballing at Shea. … Kaz Matsui will play in another extended spring game today.
On this day in 1986 …
Gary Carter drove in five runs in a 9-7 victory over Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium. Bobby Ojeda got the win working in relief.