Mike Cameron will have surgery to set the broken bones in his face, following the collision yesterday in San Diego.
I hope he makes a full recovery, and not just because he's a favorite player. In the meantime, I owe an explanation to everyone I confused yesterday. Understand - I had no idea that the game was a re-broadcast. The Mets were in San Diego. I didn't think twice about the sunshine and wasn't really paying attention until Cameron and Beltran smashed into each other. Believe me, it was bad: worse than anything from tonight's Jets-Lions football game. So I dashed online, and promptly broke a four-hour news story.
However, I did get something a little right, something that the broadcasters missed - Cameron is a center fielder playing out of position. Every bit of his training says "Go for everything I can reach." So he didn't think twice about diving for the ball at the same time Beltran did. The last time such a thing happened to the Mets, it was also two center fielders playing at the same time, Mookie Wilson out of position in left and Lenny Dykstra in center.