Saturday, September 10, 2011

Mets Morning News: Piazza's Home Run, Franco Wants To Tutor Parnell,September Call Ups, Complimentary Tickets

With the anniversary of September 11 this weekend, many former Mets have returned to Flushing to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Mike Piazza talked with the NY Post about his emotional home run.

John Franco, the Mets all-time saves leader, said yesterday that if he was approached by the Mets, he would love the opportunity to tutor Bobby Parnell.
"He's a young kid and he's still figuring things out," Franco told The Post. "It's like on-the-job training for him. If you go into a season with the mindset 'This is my job,' and you have the right tutoring -- someone like myself can come along and maybe help him out and talk to him day in and day out."
Dale Thayer was called up by the Mets prior to yesterday's game. Thayer had finished his season with Triple-A Buffalo and was on his way home when he got the call.
"I want to do good," Thayer said. "I've gone through the phase of being the new person and now it's time to go out there and get outs and have clean innings."
Johan Santana pitched three innings in his rehab start with the Savannah Sand Gnats. He allowed one run on two hits, while striking out one and walking one. Of the 39 pitches Santana threw, 27 of them were for strikes. Manager Terry Collins told reporters that while he expects these kinds of numbers from Santana, he's more worried about how the pitcher will feel this morning.
"To be honest, (Saturday) will determine (the next step)," Mets manager Terry Collins said before tonight’s game. "I’m not looking for results, I’m not looking for velocity. He is who he is — he’s not going to walk a lot of guys, I know that — so his command will be there. I’m looking to see how he comes out of this."
The Mets are offering New York City First Responders and their families complimentary tickets to attend the September 11 Remembrance Ceremony and game against the Cubs.

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