Above photograph of Mets manager Willie Randolph (center) with Jackie Robinson's widow Rachel (left) and daughter Sharon (right) and below photograph of Governor David Paterson throwing the ceremonial first pitch of the game by Kathy Willens/AP


  • Mets 6 Washington 0: It was a great day and night at Shea. During the day, Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow, toured the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field and described it as “walking into a cathedral in a way.” She also addressed the crowd before the game tonight and every player from both teams wore #42 in tribute.

    The Mets have that among other things to look forward to when they leave Shea at the end of the year, but they also have high expectations for 2008. Tuesday they got back on track with great pitching from Mike Pelfrey and the return of Duaner Sanchez. David Wright was the offensive star with a home run in the first as part of his 5 RBI night. Lastings Milledge was soundly booed in his return and Jose Reyes played for the first time in three games.

  • Yankees 5 Tampa 3: Meanwhile over in Tampa the last man who will ever wear Jackie’s #42 recorded his 5th save of the season. Rivera’s effort was the capper of a strong pitching night from the Yanks with Andy Pettitte pitching seven solid innings and Kyle Farnsworth (seriously, it was him) pitching a 1-2-3 eighth. Hideki Matsui had a home run and 2 RBI’s while Derek Jeter went 3-for-4 with a RBI.
  • Nets 112 Charlotte 108 (OT): New Jersey gave up a five-point lead in the final two minutes of regulation before sending the final home crowd of the year away happy with the win in overtime. Richard Jefferson led the Nets with 28 points.