4/13/2014 8:42 P.M. ET
Granderson says youth need to learn about pioneers
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Curtis Granderson considered it a fortunate quirk of the schedule that the Mets happened to be in Atlanta last week for the Braves' ceremony honoring Hank Aaron on the 40th anniversary of his record-breaking 715th career home run.
One of three black players on the Mets [including Chris Young, who is currently on the disabled list, and Eric Young Jr.], Granderson bemoaned the fact that he never seemed to hear as much about Aaron growing up as he did Babe Ruth. But Major League Baseball has worked hard in recent years to increase its popularity among black youths, and Tuesday's Jackie Robinson Day -- commemorating the 67th anniversary of Robinson's breaking the color barrier -- is an annual reminder of that.
"I felt I would see Babe Ruth hit base hits, home runs that weren't even record-breakers," Granderson said of his experiences growing up. "It just seemed like I heard Babe Ruth's name a lot more. At the time Hank Aaron was the champ, but for whatever reason he didn't get highlighted as much."
This year, the Mets will be in Arizona for Jackie Robinson Day.
Wright, Murphy ejected in seventh
ANAHEIM -- David Wright's face flushed when asked about his chirping from Angel Stadium's visiting dugout, which ultimately earned him an ejection in the seventh inning of Sunday's game.
"I'm not even going to get into that," Wright said. "I'm not going to get into any more trouble than I already am. There were some disagreements."
And Wright made them known. Appearing visibly angry all afternoon with home-plate umpire Toby Basner, Wright climbed to the top step of the dugout to yell after Basner punched out Travis d'Arnaud for the second out of the seventh -- one of seven called strikeouts for the Mets on the day. Basner promptly ejected both Wright and Daniel Murphy, but not manager Terry Collins, who came out onto the field to argue.
"Did you watch the game?" Murphy said, when asked about his own issues with Basner's strike zone. "Everybody who watched the game knows. I don't think I need to say anything about it. There was a disagreement is the best way to describe it."
Collins approached Basner yet again after the inning, exchanging additional words with the umpire. He also declined to discuss the matter at length after the game.
It was Wright's fourth career ejection and Murphy's second, though they came at a time when both players could afford to be tossed. By the seventh, the Mets were trailing the Angels by nine runs, and both teams had begun subbing out their regulars. That gave Wright and Murphy an opportunity to defend d'Arnaud from what they deemed an unfair strike zone.
"We have each other's backs for sure," Wright said. "When something happens to one of us, it happens to all of us. Just in general, we need to have each other's backs. And we do."
Mets take much-needed break from batting practice
ANAHEIM -- No batting practice Sunday morning for the Mets. No need for it. After playing 24 innings in their first two games at Angel Stadium, stepping to the plate a total of 98 times as a team, the Mets were more interested in a morning of much-needed rest.
"I'm not sure some guys have gotten the sleep out of their eyes yet," manager Terry Collins said.
And so the Mets relaxed in their pregame clubhouse, some taking swings in an indoor batting cage while others lounged on couches and watched "Dumb & Dumber."
All things considered, the Mets were actually in remarkably good shape for a team coming off that sort of workload. The Mets won Saturday's game without using starting catcher Travis d'Arnaud or Ruben Tejada, both of whom were back in the lineup Sunday. Collins also benched Ike Davis and Lucas Duda for Sunday's finale, starting Josh Satin at DH and Andrew Brown at first base against left-hander C.J. Wilson.
The result was a lineup with only five holdovers from Saturday's 13-inning victory, even if the bullpen was still notably taxed.
"I know that they're tired," Collins said. "But if we were a little deeper into the season … we'd be taking some more of those guys off the field, especially with the day game following the night game. We've got some days off early. They're not as tired as they would be a month from now if this happened."
Mets roll back prices for Shea's anniversary
ANAHEIM -- The Mets will celebrate Shea Stadium's 50th anniversary by rolling back ticket prices for their April 18-20 games against the Braves at Citi Field. A limited number of promenade outfield and promenade reserved tickets are be available for the 1964 box seat price of $3.50, at Mets.com/1964.
Fans also have the option to purchase select baseline box seats for $19.64, with an eight-ticket maximum per order. The offer is not valid at Citi Field ticket windows.
The Mets are also advertising multiple promotions during that weekend. All fans at Friday's game will receive a Mets T-shirt courtesy of Caesars; the first 20,000 fans to arrive at Saturday's game will receive a Shea Stadium 50th anniversary canvas print; and the first 15,000 fans at Sunday's game will receive a recyclable tote bag courtesy of MLB Network.
• The Mets on Sunday traded 2010 third-round Draft pick Blake Forsythe to the A's for future considerations. Forsythe, a catcher, hit .192 with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs in 88 games last year for Double-A Binghamton.
• Young put together a monster day Sunday in his first rehab game for Triple-A Las Vegas, finishing 5-for-5 with two home runs and a double. Young, who is rehabbing from a strained right quad, is eligible to return from the disabled list April 18.