Friday, August 7, 2009

Wes' Week That Was

23-year old Wes Wrenn was selected by the Mets in the 35th round of the 2009 draft, out of The Citadel, in South Carolina. He makes his home in Greensboro, NC. Wes is taking his first professional steps towards his big-league dreams, and has agreed to check in on the Blog from time to time to get us behind the scenes in the life of a new minor league ballplayer.

This week was very much like the roller coaster we're named after, as far as our wins and losses. We started out losing two straight to the Yankees before beating them at our place on Thursday night in front of our largest crowd of the year on “Irish Heritage Night.” It was a great crowd -- very loud and very anti-Yankees. We then went back to Staten Island and lost both games of a double header. However, we were still a few games up on our cross-town rivals at that point, and split a home-and-home series with Hudson Valley to stay ahead of them, as well.

On Tuesday, we woke up at 5:00 a.m. and left for Keyspan Park at 6:00 a.m. where we would load up on the bus and head to Batavia, NY to take on the Muckdogs. This turned out to be a tough 7 and ½ hour bus ride -- our longest yet. When we finally arrived at our immaculate Days Inn hotel we were all relieved to get off the bus (even with the distinct aroma of fresh cow manure in the don't get that smell very often in Brooklyn!).

We had about two hours to relax and get something to eat before getting back on the bus and heading to the field. With so many restaurant options in the area it was ironic that everyone on the team chose to go eat at Bob Evans (the same place we would eat every meal while in Batavia).

The field in Batavia was pretty good...there was not much a of a crowd but it was a nice atmosphere full of locals and senior citizens yelling at us, saying our roster had too many 23-year-olds on it!

We ended up sweeping the Muckdogs, which is always considered a great success, especially considering they were last year’s New York-Penn League Champs. Game one was a slugfest, (unfortunately, I was a part of it as a pitcher). Games two and three were nail-biters as the Muckdogs attempted to make a comeback in the 9th inning on both nights, only to fall short each time.

The sweep extended our lead in the McNamara Division, moving us five games ahead of the Yankees and seven games ahead of the Renegades.

Overall, it was a great trip. I got to see the countryside of New York on the way there, get a nice change of scenery (and smell), and then on the way back I got to see the sun come up on Manhattan, since we got back at 7:30 a.m this morning.

After catching up on as much sleep as possible, tonight we’ll start a three game series against the Jamestown Jammers.

Hope to see you there!

-- Wes

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