The Mets have had an extremely Metsy 24 hours

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The aborted Carlos Gomez/Wilmer Flores trade ended in tears. Today isn’t much better for the Mets and their fans.

Playing a day game against the Padres, the Mets took a 7-5 lead into the 9th inning, poised for victory. With two outs in the inning, the rains came. Big rains. Delaying the game even though there was only one out to go, which I can’t ever recall happening. Mets players couldn’t believe it and just stood on the field in shock as the tarp came out. A rain delay ensued.

When play resumed, Derek Norris singled. And then Matt Kemp singled. And then Justin Upton came to the plate, rain pouring down, and hit a three run homer to put the Padres up 8-7. Just a total back breaker.

But it gets worse!

After Yangervis Solarte grounded out, the game was delayed again. And this time the grounds crew couldn’t get the dang tarp on the field:

The field is now covered, but only partially. And it is totally drenched:

I guess that’s better than a hot mess. Which describes the last 24 hours in Mets Land.

Larry Walker to wear a Rockies cap on his Hall of Fame plaque

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I guess this came out the day he was elected but I missed it somehow: Larry Walker is going to have a Rockies cap on his Fall of Fame plaque.

While it was once solely the choice of the inductee, for the past couple of decades the Hall of Fame has had final say on the caps, though the request of the inductee is noted. This is done to prevent a situation in which a cap truly misrepresents history. This issue arose around the time Wade Boggs was inducted, as he reportedly had a deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to pick their cap on his plaque which, to say the least, would’ve been unrepresentative.

There have been some mildly controversial picks in the past, and some guys who would seem to have a clear choice have gone with blank caps to avoid upsetting the fan base of one of his other teams, but Walker’s doesn’t seem all that controversial to me.

Walker played ten years in Colorado to six years in Montreal and two years in St. Louis. His numbers in Colorado were substantial better than in Montreal. His MVP Award, most of his Gold Gloves, most of his All-Star appearances, and all of his black ink with the exception of the NL doubles title in 1994 came with the Rockies too. Walker requested the Rockies cap, noting correctly that he “did more damage” in a Rockies uniform than anyplace else. And, of course, that damage is what got him elected to the Hall of Fame.

Still, I imagine fans of the old Expos will take at least some issue here. Those folks tend to be pretty possessive of their team’s old stars. It’s understandable, I suppose, given that they’ve not gotten any new ones in a decade or two. Add in the fact that Walker played for the 1994 Expos team onto which people love to project things both reasonable and unreasonable, and you can expect that the Expos dead-enders might feel a bit slighted.

Welp, sorry. A Rockies cap is the right choice.  And that’s Walker’s cap will feature.