The bad news? Of course they still lost.
I was looking more beyond the result, which was sealed by Casey Blake and his gargantuan, yet gritty beard (gee, maybe if Carlos Beltran grew a beard that was a gritty as Casey Blake's beard, then Steve Phillips would think that Beltran was the perfect ballplayer). I was looking to see what the lineup looked like tonight. If Ryan Church had a seat on the bench, then it would have been likely that he had seen his last game as a New York Met.
But he was in the lineup tonight, and batting fifth no less. But once our SNY friends explained that Gary Sheffield was feeling a little under the weather, I can't conclude whether Church got the vote of confidence from Snoop Manuel, or there was just no other choice but to play Church. After all, if Ramon Martinez is getting playing time straight off the plane, things must really be bad (unless of course, Ramon is Snoop's latest man crush.)
Of course, both Snoop and Ryan say that there's no doghouse.
"I don't have a rift with anyone on the team ... I don't know why people think I have a deal with Ryan Church -- I really don't. I don't have a problem with Ryan. Not at all. I like to egg him on and mess with him a little bit like I do with everybody, but I love to see Ryan every day. He comes to the park every day early. I love to see Ryan Church." -Snoop
"You want somebody on you. You take it as a positive thing. His door is always open. He's one of those guys, he's approachable if you ever have something wrong. That's the thing -- I don't read too much into this stuff. People are yelling stuff in the stands -- 'doghouse!' -- that kind of thing. But they're not here, they're not around me, seeing what the relationship is." -RyanWell, that would normally convince me. Except that Ryan Church's doghouse was just featured on MTV Cribs.
If you'd like to hear my recap of the MTV Cribs episode featuring Ryan Church's doghouse, please do join us here on Wednesday for Sportstalk NY Live between 9:00-11:00 PM, where I will provide keen insight for about ten minutes (that's all the b.s. I can muster in a whole week).