Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Mets Take Two; Delgado & Green Lead the Way [J. Mark English]

There may have been overcast over New York City, but there was nothing but sunshine rays spreading from the baseball field at Shea.
The New York Mets swept the twin billing against the Atlanta Braves today.
Shawn Green hit two home runs on the day, which happened to be his first two in a Mets uniform.
But the real hero was Carlos Delgado. He climbed up to the 100 RBI mark for the 8th time in his career. This would be the 9th year in a row he reached that number if it weren't for an injury hampered season he had a few years ago. He finished that year with 99 RBI's.
Before the game, the Mets honored Delgado as their candidate for the Roberto Clemente Award. He would be the first Puerto Rican to ever win the award. Not bad for a player who changed his number to 21 to honor Clemente.
Just a quick note...I liked what Keith Hernandez said today on SNY talking about how players today can afford to be much more charitable then players back in his day. People who gripe about how much Major Leaguers make these days probably do not appreciate the increase in donations towards charitable organizations. David Wright has already donated over 1.5 million dollars towards Met charity foundations. As Keith said, if only he made more money back in the 80's...he would have supported many more charities.