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2007 News > 5/9/07


By Adam Rubin, NY Daily News

SAN FRANCISCO - The team that shears together, throttles the Giants together? Well, something like that.

In a show of unity, the Mets en masse got buzz cuts yesterday afternoon, with David Wright the instigator and Carlos Beltran the barber. The Mets then clipped the Giants, 4-1, last night as Tom Glavine - who initially avoided the crew look but gave in after the game - notched win No. 294.

So what that Barry Bonds homered on a first-pitch changeup from Glavine in the fourth for his 745th longball, moving the embattled slugger within 10 of Hank Aaron's record?

"I think a lot of people improved their looks today," said Wright, who had two of the Mets' five extra-base hits after entering the game 3-for-23 on the trip. Only Jose Reyes and Aaron Sele abstained - Sele with his teammates' approval because he has a beachside family portrait set up for tomorrow. Hitting coach Rick Down even joined the frivolity.

Glavine completed seven innings, limiting the Giants to the one run on seven hits while striking out five and walking one. As for his locks, Glavine said it just wasn't practical right before he took the mound. But after the game he lived up to his word and got a buzzcut.

"It's one of those things, if everyone's doing it you have to be one of the guys," said Glavine. "I've done it before. It'll grow back....Hey, we may actually make a bus on time after a game because no one has got to comb their hair."

Said Down: "Glavine looks 10 years younger. He'll be pitching until he's 50."

Reyes avoided the shears - for now.

"I'm going to do it in New York, on the off day," Reyes said hesitantly. "...I don't know, maybe yes...maybe no."

A night after Damion Easley and Shawn Green committed errors in a disastrous nine-run fifth inning that sank the visitors, the Mets swiftly struck back. Reyes, Wright and Beltran opened the game with three straight doubles off Matt Cain (1-3). The Mets had a 3-0 lead before Glavine (4-1) took the mound, the third run scoring on Moises Alou's sacrifice fly. Reyes' second-inning triple - the 46th of his career, matching Buddy Harrelson for second on the Mets' all-time list - drove in Paul Lo Duca for a 4-0 lead. Reyes extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

Bonds went 1-for-3 with a walk. In his first at-bat, he sent a full-count offspeed pitch from Glavine beyond the stands and into McCovey Cove to lead off the second inning. However, the ball was well foul of the right-field foul pole, and Glavine then got Bonds on a groundout to second base with the next pitch.

Bonds, 42, then went deep to right-center in his next at-bat for his fourth career homer off Glavine, 41. In Glavine's final faceoff with Bonds, with the Mets (20-12) leading 4-1 and two out in the sixth, Glavine walked him on five pitches to bring up Ray Durham as the tying run. Glavine struck out Durham on three pitches.

The last time Bonds homered off Glavine: an inside-the-park homer on April 23, 1997 at Candlestick Park.

"It was a hanging slider," Glavine said of Bonds' homer. "I tried to throw him a slider there and got too much of the plate. (In the sixth,) I didn't want to walk Bonds. I was trying to be aggressive, but he doesn't swing at any bad pitches."

Pedro Feliciano struck out Bonds looking on a slider to end the eighth.

"I threw it right down the middle and he took it," said Feliciano. "I was kind of surprised."

"His first year managing the Giants, I used to talk to my dad every other week or so," Alou recalled about the praise his father Felipe, who managed San Francisco from 2003-06, heaped on Bonds. "I remember him telling me one day, 'Mo, this guy is unbelievable. He sometimes doesn't see a strike for a week and then the next time he sees a strike he hits it out of the ballpark.'

"Everybody thinks about Barry now - the home runs and stuff - but people forget he used to steal 30, 40 bases. He always had an accurate arm. He was pretty exciting. Plus he was a great hitter. Most of the power hitters are not great hitters. He's the best hitter."