As my friend Tony and I arrived at Damaschke Field in Central New York to watch the single-A minor league Oneonta Tigers play, we were expecting to see a regular minor league game… until we heard the starting lineup.
When I heard that one of the best Mets, Angel Pagan, was batting second and playing left field for Brooklyn, I was so excited that my eyes nearly popped out. I knew Pagan was on the DL, but had no idea when he would begin rehab starts, or where. I never would have believed that the Mets would have sent him on a four-hour bus ride from Brooklyn to Oneonta when he is injured. Because of that reason, I have an inkling that he flew in from a local airport, such as Albany.
Pagan went 2-2 with two singles up the middle. He unsuccessfully attempted to stretch his first single into a double, getting thrown out at second by a mile. He made a jogging catch in left field and showed no signs of pain or problems. He was taken out after his second at-bat, but still ran the bases until the inning was completed.
Several kids (Mets fans) in attendance immediately acknowledged his presence, screaming chants of "Angel" while he was on deck and around the dugout. He was nice enough to tip his hat, wave, and smile to them.