MIAMI -- A few notes from the Mets batting practice on opening day.
-- The Mets are a real loose club, especially the sparkplug types Angel Pagan and Jose Reyes. Pagan seems to pal around with Reyes quite a bit, a Reyes wannabe. Pagan is an Endy Chavez with a bit more pop and will be in the opening day lineup with Moises Alou out. Pagan once stole 52 bases in Class A and could be a threat on the bags with the running Mets. Willie Randolph is a running manager who played in the steals era with Rickey Henderson. Reyes, of course, is the modern-day Rickey Henderson.
-- When the crowd started a Jose-Jose-Jose chant -- you know, the one on the video game commercials -- Oliver Perez waved them off and pointed to John Maine. Apparently, Perez has a similar opinion of the soon-to-be 27-year-old who doubles as a third-year starting pitcher. Maine displayed 20-win stuff in spring training and had that 15-K game on the penultimate day of last season. He is ready to take a huge step forward and could wind up in the top 10 of Fantasy starting pitchers by the end of the season. Look at what he did in the first half: 10-4 with a 2.71 ERA and .214 batting-average against. He is capable of that over significant stretches and could be ready to do it over a full season not that he is hitting his prime in Year 3.
-- A fan held up a sign during BP, noting the Jets and Mets won in 1969, the Giants and Mets won in '86 and the Giants won in 2008 and the Mets would win, too. Interesting coincidence for a New York fan.
-- Johan Santana, who will have to get used to hitting and is actually a pretty decent hitter, broke his bat on his first full batting-practice swing. He borrowed Reyes' bat and slapped a few would-be hits to right.
-- Marlins PR director Matt Roebuck was walking around retire Mr. Marlin Jeff Conine during the Mets BP. Conine finished last year with the Mets but signed a one-day contract last week to retire a Marlin.
-- Speaking of PR people, Mets PR man Jay Horowitz got into an elevated discussion with an over-bearing media member (no, not me) and needed to be held back from Luis Castillo before BP. David Wright and company were already out on the field and got a good chuckle out of the situation. Horowitz is a mellow guy who wouldn't have a harsh word for anyone, so the loose Mets were having a little fun with him.