Friday, August 26, 2011
Updated: August 27, 10:50 AM ET
Mets postpone two games
By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- With Hurricane Irene looming, the New York Mets have postponed Saturday and Sunday's games against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.
Both games will be made up as a single-admission doubleheader Sept. 8.
The Mets were hoping to get Saturday's game in and had discussed moving the start time from 4:10 p.m. ET to 12:10 p.m. ET or 1:10 p.m. ET, but they needed approval from city officials, which was not granted.
Officials also announced that the city's mass transit system, including subways, will be shut down at noon ET Saturday.
"I have no idea," manager Terry Collins responded before laughing when asked where he's headed to get away from the storm. "I'm going to get in the car tomorrow morning and head west, I can tell you that right now."
Some Mets, like Jason Isringhausen and Jason Bay, will be staying in their New York area homes.
"I'm basically bunker it down and watching it go by," said Bay, who lives near Westchester. "I don't think I'm taking it as seriously as everyone else."
Others, however, won't be as fortunate.
Dillon Gee and his wife, who live in Long Island City, are in an evacuation zone. They are planning to head up north and stay with Josh Thole and his wife at Thole's in-laws' house in Binghamton.
"Everyone is just shuffling around to see what they're going to do the next two days," Gee said.
As many as four to five players, Collins said, could stay at Citi Field over the weekend, which is not in an evacuation zone.
"This place is probably as secure as any place," Collins said.
The idea would be that players could potentially sleep on cots or couches.
Miguel Batista, who was recently called up by the team, is staying at the Holiday Inn in Queens near the ballpark, and could be one of those who stays at Citi Field.
"That's a helluva question," Bautista replied when asked where he thought he was going to stay. "We'll find out after tonight. We'll see."
Mike Nickeas, who was also just promoted by the team, is another candidate who could stay at Citi Field. He currently lives out of a hotel room at the Marriott Marquee in Times Square.
"Everything's still up in the air," Nickeas said. "From the way it sounds, everyone is still pretty calm about it. I'm not anxious about it."
Justin Turner, who will stay with Isringhausen, said he's been through a hurricane before.
Back in 2003, Turner had to endure a heavy storm in Florida while he was staying with a friend who was playing minor league ball for the Detroit Tigers down in Lakeland.
"It was pretty fun," Turner said. "We were out in center field throwing (at the ballpark) throwing a football around in 80 mph winds."
Collins was asked what he'd tell his players to do during their weekend off.
"We all made jokes about it," Collins said. "Everybody is in there talking about where they're going to go and how many guys are going to come here. I lived 12 years in Florida, and I've seen a couple hurricanes. Obviously, the one that destroyed Cape Coral in that area. Fortunately, it went up through the center of the state and I lived right on the water in St. Petersburg and saw the damage it could cause. It's not something to mess with, so I'm getting out, I can tell you that."
Collins said that R.A. Dickey, who was supposed to start on Saturday, and Gee, who was supposed to start on Sunday, will be his starters for Monday's doubleheader against the Florida Marlins.
Batista or D.J. Carrasco will start Thursday in place of Jon Niese, who landed on the disabled list Wednesday. The Mets will have to find another starter for next Friday.
Given that rosters expand on Thursday, candidates to make that start include Chris Schwinden and Pat Misch.
Major League Baseball already had moved Sunday's games at Philadelphia and Boston to Saturday to make them part of day-night doubleheaders. The Phillies play the Marlins and the Red Sox play the Athletics.
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.