Shea Goodbye: 73 to go

Thoughts and scenes from Game No. 8 at Shea…

The Mets had a moment of silence for the fan who fell from an escalator after yesterday’s game, though they didn’t say that he died. “Heartfelt condolences” and “prayers” went out to the man’s family regarding the “tragedy.” I also noticed a small bouquet of carnations left beside a Loge level escalator in right field, though the accident occurred on a left-field escalator.

Fans aren’t giving John Maine much leeway. Two walks, a hit-and-run single and one run so far in the first have the boo birds singing. Twelve of 17 pitches have been balls. Retiring Lastings Milledge helped.

Security just called three teens down from the top row of the upper deck to question them in the tunnel about pot. “Which one of you has weed?” one asked, getting in their faces. One punk raised his arms and said, “Search me.” Hope none of them have it, or he just sold out his buddies. In the meantime, Maine retired Austin Kearns to end the inning.

Ryan Church took Matt Chico deep. Who said he couldn’t hit lefties? Way to victimize your former team, Churchy.

Chico fouled one off in the fourth that went into the field level and hit a Nathan’s hot dog box that the vendor was holding on his head. He loved that moment.

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