Mets "savior" makes impressive debut

Updated: June 12, 2003, 8:21 AM ET
By Jim Baker
New York at Texas: Did fans at the Ballpark in Arlington witness the dawn of history last night? With Alex Rodriguez, the greatest shortstop in the game present, the Mets introduced their shortstop phenom Jose Reyes to the Major Leagues. He doubled and singled in four at bats while hitting out of the nine-hole. The cool thing is they got him an appearance while he was still a teenager. He turns 20 today. According to Rafael Hermoso in today's New York Times, Reyes' stay is supposed to be temporary until Rey Sanchez returns from his injury.

St. Louis at Boston: What's the biggest waste of energy in baseball? How about a triple that directly precedes a home run? Think about it: you bust your tail for 270 feet only to discover that you could have walked most of that distance as soon as the very next batter. In the bottom of the seventh last night, Nomar Garciaparra smacked a ball off the Green Monster which got between Cardinal outfielders Orlando Palmeiro and Jim Edmonds on the rebound and rolled back toward the infield. He hauled it all the way to third. Manny Ramirez followed immediately with a homer. Is that an inadvertent ineconomy of total base usage or what?

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