WASHINGTON -- Johan Santana wasn't rattled by the latest odd moment for a Mets starter, but it certainly seemed like a bit of gamesmanship from the Nationals' dugout when plate umpire Brian Runge requested that Santana cover up the gold logo on the back of his glove before the start of the third inning Friday night.
"Never had that one happen before," said Santana, who waited a couple of extra minutes while a team staffer put blue tape over the logo. Santana retired the side in order in the third.
Collins spent the two-minute delay jawing with Runge and crew chief Ted Barrett, no doubt some lingering effects from Wednesday's request from the umpiring crew in Cincinnati that R.A. Dickey remove the friendship bracelets his daughters had made for him. Dickey lost that one, too.