Pagan goes deep in return
"I was shocked," the centerfielder said Friday. "I was watching MLB and I saw Terry Collins give the lineup, so I figured I guess I'm going to stay with the Mets. But later that afternoon, I got traded."
"But you've got to respect that. That's the way this game is. Sometimes teams go in different directions. And the Mets needed to rebuild the bullpen, and that's very understandable."
Pagan, who hit a leadoff home run in the third inning Friday night, returned to New York to square off against his former team for the first time since the Mets acquired centerfielder Andres Torres and pitcher Ramon Ramirez for him. Pagan, who batted leadoff and started in center, played for the Mets from 2008-11, hitting .284 with 24 homers and 170 RBIs in 393 games.
"It was nice to say hello to my old teammates and coaches," Pagan said, "and hang around the ballpark I played in for four years. It was pretty good, but when the game starts, I'll go out there and beat them. That's what we're gonna do."
Collins said Johan Santana is on track to make Sunday's scheduled start . . . R.A. Dickey chatted with former knuckleballer Charlie Hough on the field before the game. Hough is in town because the movie "Knuckleball" premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this week. Hough, Dickey and Tim Wakefield are featured in the film.