Anthony Rieber has been at Newsday since Aug. 31, 1998 and in his current position since 2004.
The post on Twitter came a little after 10 Sunday morning. The tweeter was none other than Chipper Jones, the former Atlanta Braves third baseman and noted past tormentor of Mets pitching.
"Headin to the Big Apple tmrw! Gonna catch me a little Braves-Mets action. Anybody get me some tix???"
The way the Mets are playing -- they won their ninth in a row with a 7-1 victory over Atlanta Monday night -- Terry Collins should have left a couple of tickets for Jones at the Citi Field will-call window.
Two good seats, right behind the plate if he wanted. Pull up a chair, Chipper, because these Mets aren't afraid of anyone at the moment.
Remember when Pedro Martinez once said he was tired of talking about the Yankees and wanted people to "wake up the damn Bambino" so he could "drill him in the [fanny]?"
That was in 2001, three years before Martinez and the Red Sox shattered the Bambino's curse.
Well, Jones is no Babe Ruth, though he will one day join him in the Hall of Fame. The point is we get the feeling that if Jones stepped into a time machine and then into the batter's box against Matt Harvey, the Mets ace would go after him with the same swagger Martinez employed. Might even drill him in the [fanny].
There used to be a time when the Braves were NL East kings and the sight of Jones in Queens would cause the Mets to quake. Jones hit 49 home runs against the Mets before retiring in 2012, and then passed the torch to Freddie Freeman, who has 14 against them.
But the times they are a-changin' in Flushing.
In their first game back since losing Travis d'Arnaud and Jerry Blevins to broken bones Sunday, the Mets picked up right where they left off.
Jon Niese allowed one run in 62/3 innings to improve to 2-0. He struck out Freeman twice and got him to ground out to end a threat in the fifth.
Alex Torres, who will get the first crack at replacing Blevins (fractured forearm), caught Freeman looking with two on to end the seventh.
Kevin Plawecki, who got the call after d'Arnaud suffered a fractured finger after he was hit by a pitch, went 2-for-4 in his big-league debut.
After lining out to Freeman in his first at-bat, Plawecki stroked a single past a diving Andrelton Simmons in the fifth inning of a scoreless game.
The hit was part of a four-run Mets inning highlighted by Curtis Granderson's first two RBIs of the season. (He finished with four.) But the biggest play was an error by Atlanta second baseman Phil Gosselin on a potential double-play ball hit by Niese.
Everyone was safe on the no-outs, bases-loaded boot, and the first run of the game scored. Granderson followed with a line single inside the first-base bag to give the Mets a 3-0 lead. Juan Lagares, elevated to the No. 2 spot in the absence of the injured d'Arnaud and David Wright, drove in the fourth run with a single to center.
The Braves gave the Mets an opening and Collins' team drove a truck through it. That's how you get to 11-3. That's one of the marks of a good team.
By the way, Jones did visit Citi Field Monday afternoon, but did not speak to reporters or stay for the game.
Jones later tweeted: "Enjoyed being back at Citi Field today. Good seeing the fellas, clubhouse guys and stadium attendants again. Missed u guys! Off 2 c a show."
He should have stayed at Citi if he wanted to see an emerging hit. The Mets aren't on Broadway yet, but they are putting on one heck of a show right now.