The big thing is Francisco Cervelli admitted he didn’t run hard. It might not have mattered, but he didn’t.
“I made a mistake running the bases. Running hard all the time, that’s what I do all the time. I don’t know what happened. I make a mistake.”
First-base umpire Derryl Cousins, the crew chief, said the reason the umpires were back on the field so quickly after going to review the replay was that “it wasn’t worth looking at a second time.” He was that certain the ball hit the orange line and did not leave the field or strike the foul pole.
Cervelli managed a smile, noted that Johan Santana was one of his idols growing up, and said he thought the ball he hit was a home run.
“But I think the Citi Field is a little big for me. Next time I see something in the air, I’ve got to run like I always do.”
About the warnings issued to both sides after Sergio Mitre hit Jason Bay in the back with a changeup or a breaking ball, Mets manager Jerry Manuel said he thought it was “a little bit of an overreaction.”