Well, many of the Mets are sleeping in. The players are off today. Here’s what I wrote in The Journal News about their plans:
Mets players ready for a break
By JOHN DELCOS
THE JOURNAL NEWS
Steve Mitchell/The Associated Press
The Mets’ David Wright is looking forward to a short break from spring training.
Score: Cardinals 5, Mets 4
Spring record: 6-14-1
Game breakdown: Orlando Hernandez gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in four innings. … Ambiorix Burgos was hit again, giving up two runs in two innings. … Nothing again from the offense.
Clubhouse chatter: The Mets have today off and didn’t hang around long after the game.
What’s next: Tomorrow night, Baltimore, at Port St. Lucie, 7:15 p.m.
(Original publication: March 19, 2007)
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The destinations range from Puerto Rico, to the zoo, to the movies and to the pool.
For others, the Mets’ first off day of the spring after a month of games simply means an extra hour or two in bed.
It meant a break from the monotonous routine of early rising, conditioning and fundamental drills, and exhibition games.
With the break – they won’t get another until the day after Opening Day – many Mets will get in their rental cars and flee what has been their home for the past four weeks.
Carlos Delgado left last night. He was excused from yesterday’s game and flew to Puerto Rico to be with his wife, Betzaida, who is due with the couple’s first child at the end of the month.
“She’s not able to come see me,” Delgado said. “I’m going home.”
Those who live nearby, such as Julio Franco outside Fort Lauderdale, also left to be with their families.
Some, such as David Wright, who was here three weeks before he had to report, will hang around.
“The beautiful thing about a day off is you don’t have to do anything,” Wright said.
“I know I’m going to sleep in. Maybe to 10. Maybe I’ll go to the pool. Maybe I’ll go bowling. Maybe I’ll play video games.”
There is an entertainment complex within walking distance of Tradition Field, complete with a sports bar, bowling, laser tag, miniature golf and batting cages.
Don’t expect many Mets to hang around the latter.
Ben Johnson was thinking about the mall and movies, but maybe not.
“Maybe I’ll do a lot of nothing,” he said. “That’s the best thing about a day off. You don’t have to do anything if you don’t want to.”
Port St. Lucie is not a bustling place. There’s not much to do here. West Palm Beach is an hour south, and that’s a possible destination.
“My family is with me,” infielder David Newhan said. “We were thinking about going to the zoo in West Palm. Sea World (near Orlando) is too far away.”
West Palm is a possibility for Shawn Green, too, but he’s not making that choice.
“Whatever my wife (Lindsay) wants to do,” Green said.
And he’ll be at it early.
“It’s hard to sleep in for me,” Green said. “My body is now used to getting up at a certain time.”
Jon Adkins’ locker in the clubhouse is next to Aaron Sele’s. The two pitchers are weighing two options for today: wild hog hunting or fishing.
“There are guided hunts here,” Adkins said, “but we’ll probably just go fishing.”
Mike Pelfrey likes basketball, and thought about taking in last night’s Miami Heat game.
“Then hang around Miami the next day,” he said. “You really need a day off. It recharges you.”
However, today is John Maine’s day to pitch, and to keep him in turn he will throw a five-inning simulated game.
Billy Wagner will also throw, and Aaron Heilman might come in for treatment.
It’s the job, said Maine.
“I need to get my work in,” said Maine, who will be with bullpen coach Guy Conti when he does it.
“I have to work,” Conti said. “There’s not day off for me.”