As curtain-call controversy simmers, Delgado certain he did right thing
NEW YORK -- A steady rainfall and a dicey evening forecast gave Carlos Delgado a one-day respite from Mets fans and how they might react to what some in the New York media are calling "the snub."
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Mets were rained out Monday night, the game postponed nearly two hours before the schedule first pitch. The game was rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 11, at 1:10 p.m.
That means Delgado will have to wait until Tuesday night -- weather permitting -- to see how the always outspoken crowd at Shea Stadium reacts to him.
On Sunday, Delgado hit two home runs in the Mets' 6-3 win over the Atlanta Braves, the slugger's first multihomer game in nearly a year. After his second solo shot put the Mets up three in the seventh, the fans gave him a standing ovation and cheered loudly, waiting for him to come out to the top step and tip his cap. Delgado didn't comply.
"There are moments and there are moments," Delgado said before the game was rained out Monday. "I didn't think this was a moment."
The 35-year-old has heard boos all season from passionate fans fed up with his lack of production. Delgado came into Sunday's contest hitting .186 with one homer. Delgado hit 24 homers and drove in 87 runs last season, his lowest totals since 1995, before he became a regular.
I hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh. We were ahead by two. Every time you do something good you have to go out to the top step? That's not baseball.
"I hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh. We were ahead by two," he said. "Every time you do something good you have to go out to the top step? That's not baseball."
Delgado recalled coming out of the dugout to tip his hat twice in his career: for his four-homer game in 2003, and his 400th home run in '06. He has 434 home runs.
"Five hundredth home run. World Series," he answered when asked what is an appropriate time for a curtain call.
When asked if he worried he might have alienated fans who were trying to show they still loved him by cheering, Delgado shrugged.
"If that's the case, that's the case," he said. "I appreciate the support, I appreciate the fans."
This is not the first time Delgado has abstained from a practice that many consider traditional. He refused to stand on the field during the playing of "God Bless America" in 2004 and 2005, while with the Marlins, as a protest of the U.S.-Iraq war. Once he got to the Mets, he dropped that protest because manager Willie Randolph expects his players to "stand at attention and honor the flag" during the song.
On this one, however, his teammates and manager are fully behind Delgado.
"It's not my decision, but I'm gonna back him either way," David Wright said. "He's old school. He's very aware of not showing the other team up. He's a little more reserved, a little more laid back."
Randolph also backed Delgado.
"I think a curtain call should be special. A ninth-inning homer, an event, something to be remembered," Randolph said. "All that talk radio stuff shouldn't even come into play."
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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