Maine To Rehab For Mets In Trenton

Finally, a rehab assignment.  But it’s not a Yankee.  Instead, New York Mets starting pitcher John Maine is scheduled to pitch for the Binghamton Mets at Waterfront Park against the Trenton Thunder at 1:05 PM on Sunday.

Maine was placed on the DL in late May with rotator cuff tendinitis in his pitching arm.

This isn’t the first time the Mets have sent injured players to Binghamton while the team was playing in Trenton.  Several years ago, the eternally grumpy Paul Lo Duca made an appearance at Waterfront Park, as did Endy Chavez.

 

You know an interview isn’t going to go well when the athlete you approach says, “Let’s make this quick,” so Lo Duca’s appearance was memorable for all the wrong reasons.  Maybe it’s just something about catchers on rehab assignments…the only thing memorable about Jose Molina’s appearance was that he ran as though a bowel movement was impending.

Anyway, as for Maine, the now 29-year-old righty blew through the Orioles system and made just five appearances for Double-A Bowie in 2004.  He did not face the Thunder at that time.

I’ll be on Atlantic League duty for the weekend and won’t be able to make it.  Honestly, it isn’t a big deal to me.  I’d switch gigs if there were a Yankee coming, but the thing that struck me the most when Lo Duca and Chavez came was that a grand total of zero New York media came out to cover it.  So there’s not as much interest as you may think. 

We all know the main attraction is the on-field baby race to predict the winner of the World Cup, yes But Maine will sell tickets at Waterfront Park and rightfully so.  You’re paying minor league prices to see a big league pitcher, and you’re also getting to see how guys like Austin Romine, Brandon Laird and the like handle themselves against a seasoned big leaguer.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

2 Responses to “Maine To Rehab For Mets In Trenton”

  1. David McD Says:

    not only did the New York media not come, but the Mets didn’t announce that Lo Duca was coming, and not one Mets brass came to watch. Why did we think his days as a Met were numbered?

    And yeah, I remember that he was grumpy.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I know he isn’t pitching , but I heard John Maine is at Waterfront Park tonight already!

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