Newsday.com: Mets Spring Training Buzz
It's not as if yesterday at Tradition Field had an October feel, even if the Cardinals were in the other dugout. This is the Grapefruit League, after all, and it's not as if the Mets still were seeing red after losing to St. Louis in the NLCS.
The Cardinals did bring Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen, and Chris Carpenter opposed Tom Glavine in what should be a preview of Opening Night at Busch Stadium. But when it was over and reporters joked with manager Willie Randolph about the importance of getting back to .500 (1-1) after the first two games, he was quick to play along.
"I was waiting for the question from you guys: 'Do you feel like you got payback from last year?"' Randolph cracked.
At least Cardinals manager Tony La Russa gave some props to Randolph's crew before the game. "Based on what the Mets did last year, and all their pluses, no disrespect to Atlanta or anybody, Philadelphia. They're the team to beat," La Russa said.