They just had a press conference to announce the results from the fan voting for the greatest moments in Mets history. No. 1 was Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. No. 2 was Mike Piazza’s homer in the first game here after Sept. 11. And No. 3 was the 1969 World Championship. Piazza was at the press conference along with Tom Seaver, Darryl Strawberry and Buddy Harrelson. They will be at the “Shea Goodbye” ceremony after Sunday’s game.
Jerry Manuel is now leaving open the possibility of pitching Santana on three days’ rest tomorrow. He gave indications that if the Mets lose tonight or if they remain even in the wild-card standings after tonight, he would go to Santana. And if they’re ahead in the wild-card standings, he would turn in another direction, possibly Jon Niese. Manuel said the announcement will come after the game. Santana went to Manuel yesterday and said he would do whatever it takes to get this done. He’s not worried about the short rest. What do you think? Santana on three days’ rest after throwing 125 pitches? If so, it looks like Manuel would go with Perez on three days’ rest Monday and Pedro on three days’ rest if there’s a tiebreaker game on Monday. Manuel indicated he was open to that scenario.
The tarp was put on the field, but now it’s off again at 6:28. Here’s the Marlins’ lineup: