DENVER -- White was gray and gray was white when the Mets and Rockies played Game 2 of their doubleheader on Tuesday, with both teams wearing throwback uniforms to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the inaugural season in Rockies history.
Because the Rockies made their debut at Shea Stadium in New York, they wore gray uniforms against the Mets at Coors Field to commemorate the occasion. The Mets obliged with their 1993 home uniforms, which featured blue pinstripes and the word "Mets" across the front in blue-and-orange script.
Dwight Gooden pitched a four-hit shutout and Bobby Bonilla homered in the inaugural game in Rockies history on April 5, 1993, which the Mets won, 4-0.
Duda exits with back tightness, says he's fine
DENVER -- In nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader, outfielder Lucas Duda left the Mets' 9-8 extra-innings loss in the fifth because of lower back tightness. Duda said he first felt the tightness three innings earlier and fully expects to play on Wednesday.
"It's not a big deal," Duda said. "I just kind of tightened up, and I should be in there tomorrow."
Duda legged out an infield hit in his first at-bat and said he felt the tightness at that time. He then flied out in the third inning and walked in the top of the fifth against the Rockies, moving to second base on Justin Turner's single and scoring from second on Ruben Tejada's base hit.
Mike Baxter replaced Duda in left field to begin the bottom of that inning.
Duda has appeared in all 13 of Mets games this season, batting .278 with three home runs and a 1.045 OPS.
Let's play two? Mets hopeful at snowy Coors
DENVER -- Roughly two hours before Tuesday's scheduled first pitch between the Mets and Rockies, with large piles of snow still covering portions of Coors Field, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson emerged from the clubhouse wielding a shovel. On the field, he joined dozens of Rockies grounds-crew members and front-office staff loading snow onto carts for removal.
"We're pretty tired of sitting at the hotel," manager Terry Collins said. "Everybody wants to get going. This is what they're here for. They're here to go out and play, and to have two days in a row off is unheard of. Now you're looking at the possibility of even more? We've got to go out and play."
Coming off two consecutive postponements in Minneapolis and Denver, and with more snow forecast Tuesday evening into Wednesday, Alderson and the Mets were desperate to play as much of Tuesday's doubleheader as they could. Some players spent Monday evening sampling local restaurants, while others attended a Colorado Avalanche hockey game.
By Tuesday morning, they were all itching to return to the baseball field.
Problem was, the field itself was still blanketed with snow, after roughly half a foot fell on downtown Denver on Monday evening. Dozens of Rockies employees went to work Tuesday morning with shovels, plows and carts, clearing most of the field by noon MT.
At various intervals, Mets players poked their heads out of the dugout to investigate. Back inside the clubhouse, they fretted about their pitching rotation, which has been in flux ever since Sunday's postponement in Minneapolis.
Originally scheduled to pitch Sunday, then Monday, right-hander Dillon Gee instead was slated to start the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader. The Mets decided to keep fifth starter Aaron Laffey in line behind Gee for Game 2, preferring not to mess with their rotation any more than they had to.
To that end, Collins was not willing to alter his management style simply because of the weather.
"The one thing that only bothers me is that we don't make the game a travesty," he said. "The game deserves our respect and should be played properly and under the proper conditions. If [the Rockies'] front office -- and I know they don't want to get anybody hurt either -- if they think it's playable, then it's playable, and we'll just go out and play it."
Collins honored to wear Robinson's No. 42
DENVER -- Like many teams, the Mets attended a private screening of the movie "42" in March, watching the Hollywood portrayal of a story they had heard so many times before.
Manager Terry Collins, who spent years as an instructor in the Dodgers organization, said even that dramatic retelling could not quite depict the horrors of everyday life for Jackie Robinson.
"I knew a lot of guys over there who played with Jackie, who knew Jackie," Collins said. "I saw the movie -- it doesn't do it justice to what he really had to go through."
Knowing that, Collins called wearing a No. 42 Mets jersey on Tuesday "an honor." Because their snow postponement prevented the Mets from participating in Jackie Robinson Day with the rest of the league on Monday, they commemorated the occasion by wearing No. 42 jerseys for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader.
In 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig, Robinson's No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute.
"I really believe what somebody said yesterday: it's one of the most important days in the history of baseball," Collins said. "I agree with that. And I think obviously every ethnic person that plays the game should respect what Jackie had to go through and what he meant. It's an honor to have the No. 42 on for one day."