The Mets announced Saturday that the team will wear a patch on their uniforms to honor the late Gary Carter. The patch features a home plate with “The Kid” and the No. 8 in the middle.
Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger did a Q & A with Jason Bay to find out more about his friendship with Eddie Vedder.
“I was a huge Pearl Jam fan … Eddie’s a huge baseball fan. Huge Cubs fan. There’s a lot of guys who have met him. Sean Casey, who’s a diehard Pearl Jam fan, he’s hung out with Eddie numerous times. When I got traded to Boston, we played a game and that night Eddie was playing somewhere in Boston on his solo tour. And he signed this poster, ‘Hey, Jason, welcome to the Red Sox.’ And then Casey gave me his number. So we text back and forth.”
“I’ve never met him. I’ve never actually technically met him. And that’s the funny part. Casey was like, ‘Hey, here’s his number, he said text him.’ So he was like ‘Hey, sounds good, man. If I’m ever up in Seattle recording …’ He’s never up there. He’s got a lot going on. I’m probably the last person (on his mind). ‘Oh, I’ve got to call Jason Bay!’”
Pitching prospect Matt Harvey threw his first live batting practice Saturday. According to David Lennon, Harvey is expected to begin the season with Double-A Binghamton, but he writes, “plans are subject to change.”
“Obviously, that’s a pretty impressive-looking pitcher,” manager Terry Collins said. “When you stand behind there, he’s got a feel for it all. He’s got tremendous rotation on his breaking ball, got a good slider, knows how to sink it. We all know he can throw hard. Now it’s a matter of dealing with the process, and that’s getting better command and more consistency. I truly believe in the process.”
Andrew Keh of the New York Times profiles prospect Kirk Nieuwenhuis who discussed past injuries and his future.
“There’s no doubt this is an important spring for him because of the situation we’re looking at, with us in desperate need of guys who can play outfield,” ManagerTerry Collins said of Nieuwenhuis. “We’re going to give him a lot of playing time. He’s going to get plenty of chances to prove himself.”
Mike Pelfrey did not do well last season. We know it, and he knows it. David Wright is standing up for Pelfrey though, telling Mike Kerwick of The Record:
“He was coming off a good year,” Wright said, “and then all of a sudden just because he’s named the opening day starter … a lot of times he got matched up with [Roy] Halladay and Josh Johnson.”
He deserved better, Wright said.
“There was numerous times where he pitched well and should have gotten a win,” Wright said. “There were a couple times where we blew leads for him late. There were a couple times where he just had some bad luck because he’s going up against other team’s No. 1.”