"From an arm standpoint, it was a positive day for me," the lefty said. "We got the pitch count up, and that was a good thing. I want to get it to a point where it's not even a concern for Skip."
Manager Phil Garner didn't seemed preoccupied with Pettitte's pitch count. He was focused more on the manner by which Pettitte's teammates let him down. In some ways, the fact that Pettitte's health was a non-issue is probably a very good sign for the team.
"He should have been out of the [sixth] inning with nothing," Garner said. "He threw well. We didn't play a very good game defensively."
Craig Biggio had no idea that he wore a different jersey than his teammates during Sunday's series finale with the Reds until a reporter asked him about it Monday morning at Shea Stadium.
The Astros wore their red Sunday jerseys, but they have two variations -- one for home, one for the road. The home jersey -- worn by 24 players, six coaches and one manager on Sunday -- has "Astros" on the front. The road uniforms say "Houston," and thanks to Biggio, it was prominently displayed Sunday at the Astros' home park.
"I had no idea," Biggio said. "My family didn't even notice." Remembering that he went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored during the Astros' 5-2 win, he jokingly threatened to wear the wrong jersey again.
At first, Biggio figured the clubhouse staff put the wrong jersey in his locker before the game. Not so. This one is all on Biggio, who had purchased two red road jerseys from equipment manager Dennis Liborio to give as gifts. He stuck them in his locker and forgot about it.
"I put them in a certain spot, too," Biggio said. "I said, 'I'm not going to touch them.' Obviously, I must have."
The jerseys were from the 2003 season, so not only was Biggio the only one wearing "Houston" across his chest, he was also the only one wearing the patch honoring the fallen astronauts of the Space Shuttle Columbia.
"Nobody noticed that during the game," Biggio marveled. "As much as I'd like to get all over Dennis for this one, I can't. I'd like to blame Dennis. I really would. But I can't. That one was my fault."
Agree to disagree:
Jeff Bagwell, the poster boy of self-restraint throughout his 14-year career, argued -- maybe for the first time -- with a home plate umpire on a called third strike.
Bagwell disagreed that an inside pitch from Tom Glavine was a strike, and he made that perfectly clear to Mark Wegner, who caught an earful from the first baseman until Garner took up the argument.
"I saw [Mike] Piazza set up inside, and it looked like he reached a little more inside," Garner said. "But I can't tell where the pitch is. But Bagwell has a pretty good idea of the strikezone."
"I've never argued that much, ever," Bagwell said. "It's just like any of those arguments. It's a difference of opinion. He thought it got part of the plate, and I knew it didn't."
John Franco's day at Shea Stadium began in the same fashion it did for 15 years while he was with New York Mets, only this time, he headed to the vistors' clubhouse at his old ballpark.
Franco, a born and bred New Yorker, parked in the Mets' players parking lot, visited with the clubhouse attendants and support staff and spoke at length with the New York media.
Franco dispelled a report that suggested he was selling his Staten Island house and moving to Texas. He is selling the house, but he and his wife have no intention of living outside of New York.
"We're going to live here," Franco said. "My kids were born and raised here. The only thing is, I'm selling the house. My house has been on the market for a year. We're New Yorkers and always will be. We love New York. New York is a part of us."
Apparently, the Mets feel the same way about Franco. He received a huge ovation during pregame introductions and in between innings, the scoreboard played a video tribute to Franco set to the 1980's Bad English song, "When I see you Smile."
Franco played for the Mets from 1990-2004, during which time he established himself as the all-time left-handed saves leader. He also made plenty of friends within the close baseball fraternity.
"I walked by the [Mets'] locker room, saw all the guys that work there," Franco said. "Those are the guys that you miss a lot, the clubhouse kids and Charlie [Samuels, traveling secretary]. It's like a second family. You spend a long time, from February through September, with these guys. So it's good to see them."