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Some player perspective on rain games

Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets

Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets kicks at puddles on the infield during the game against the Washington Nationals. (May 18, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

See, here’s why you bring a handful of guys from the Triple A team in Buffalo to play for the Mets. They had to play through several downpours Wednesday night, dancing around the raindrops and the buckets and buckets of sand the groundskeepers kept pouring on the infield dirt, but they eventually disposed of the Washington Nationals, 3-0.

And the big hit, Mets manager Terry Collins noted, was a sixth-inning two-run double by Justin Turner, one of eight Mets who started the season in Buffalo and who is filling in for injured David Wright at third. Asked if he had played in conditions that bad before, Turner reminded, "I played in some bad ones in Buffalo. Where it was a lot colder."

How bad was it? "I live in Seattle," veteran outfielder Jason Bay said. "That’s a summer day right there."

But, yes, he said, "after the fifth or sixth inning, it started getting a little soupy. But it was clear we weren’t slowing down. Once you get your head around the fact that that’s the way it’s going to be, it’s better to just go about your business than to pout about it."

On Tuesday, the Mets had called off the last game of their home series against the Florida Marlins two hours before game time, just as a light rain was ending. As it turned out, the forecast for heavy rain never materialized. So, Wednesday night, the going theory was that playing in the rain -- and finishing the game -- was better than letting double-headers begin to stack up, which could tax the pitching staff.

"There at the end, it was pretty bad," Mets reliever Jason Isringhausen said after pitching the eighth inning to set up Francisco Rodriguez for a ninth-inning mop-up job. "Especially [the grip] when you tried to throw breaking balls."

But, at 38, Isringhausen said he is ready to pitch "whenever the phone rings. I’m old and my body aches. [The Mets] know that, and I know that but I won’t let it stop me. I want to be out there whenever I can. It’s fun. I don’t take anything for granted."
 

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