Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mets Morning News: Star Wars Night, Still Talking About Hats, Lack OfFocus, Relievers

Get excited Star Wars fans. Tonight is Star War Night at Citi Field, and yes, there will be people walking around the park dressed as Darth Vader, Jedi, and Stormtroopers. The nigh serves two purposes: to celebrate the release of Stare Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-Ray, and it will help raise money for cancer research. For every ticket sold for the event, a $5 donation will be made to Stand Up For Cancer.

The hat scandal from Sunday night is still alive and well. According to the NY Post, Joe Torre said that the Mets were never threatened with a heavy fine if they wore first responder hats during the game. A source also hinted to The Post that perhaps the Mets front office made up the threat of fines from MLB in order to get players to abide by the rule. Another source believes that, with the Mets already owing MLB $25 million, COO Jeff Wilpon decided to not ruffle any feathers, and had the team not wear the hats. This is turning into a game of he said, she said, and frankly it's getting old. Move on already.

Terry Collins believes some of the blame for last night's loss can be attributed to Sunday's hat drama.
"I just think today we lost focus on some things," Collins said. "The attention is away from the game right now. And that's an issue with me. Because you have to focus on the game.

"What's the attention been since we walked in the ballpark today? It's not on who we're playing. It's not on who's pitching. We all want to know which kind of hat we're going to wear tonight. That takes away from the game. We have to start focusing on what the game is."
Andrew Keh of the New York Times looks at how Josh Stinson and Daniel Herrera have contributed to the team.

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