Loyal to the Yankees, Mets for what makes a good pulp

Over a long 162-game season, some basic math in the back of the napkins estimates that relief pitchers in Major League Baseball spend roughly 324 hours a year chilling.

That comes to 13 and a half days. Sometimes they sit on folding chairs, sometimes they have a nice seat and some places leave them in the scorching sun unprotected, just their thoughts.

Relief shooters are, lovingly, the resident eccentric of any team. The mental makeup needed to get into the late turns when the whole game depends on you, combined with the physical isolation they have from the rest of their teammates, creates a very specific type of player.

Ask around the Yankees’ and Mets’ club what standards make for a good game—not the shooters who inhabit it, but the physical space—and you’ll really get these strangers.

“climate controlled area”, Mets setup man Adam Ottavino said. “Sometimes it’s cold [outside]And sometimes it’s hot. When you’re sitting there, you don’t want to deal with that. So, this is the biggest thing. The view of the game is beautiful. Lots of places, you can’t see anything, any kind of bad stuff. Those are the first two, and after that, you know, a decent bath.”

He said Clay Holmes Yankees. “The Braves are my favourite. Boston, you can’t escape anything, and there’s not much room to move around.”

Not being able to see the field, or having an obstructed view of it, was a common answer to what makes the Bullpen experience bad. Having an Ottavino certified room with air conditioning or heating, depending on the time of year, seems to be perhaps the most important aspect of a good room.

Gossiping about favorite and least favorite bulls was like throwing a friend into shark-infested waters. Once the topic was brought up, the other bull residents couldn’t resist.

“I don’t like Minnesota,” Mitt said. “Detroit is far away.”

“Tampa and Oakland, those aren’t bulls,” said one Yankees member, taking a shot at just two of the league’s bulls that stay on the field and not outside the wall.

Of course, when it comes to time spent in a particular game, players owe a credit to their teams’ schedule and division. Maybe one person’s favorite hasn’t scored for a player in the opposite league, maybe he’s only spent three games there. The new rankings at Oracle Park in San Francisco and the central field setting at Cleveland’s Progressive Field received one-time mentions of being among the worst in the league. Everyone loves one at Yankee Stadium. Petco Park’s Bullpen in San Diego is a gem. Seattle was one of the unanimous favorites due to its heated seats and ability to interact with fans.

“I love Seattle,” said Michal Givens, the Mets’ middle relief man. “The fans are there, but I never had any problem with them. They are not bad.”

Tommy Hunter, a 36-year-old Mets man with more than 12 years of MLB service time, instantly dubbed Seattle their first title due to fans’ ability to stand just inches away.

“I love talking to people and I love talking to me,” Hunter explained. “We’re really good, honestly, we do it every day for eight months of the year. Sometimes the fans come in and talk trash, but they do it once in a while. We do this every day.”

One veteran praised the Milwaukee pen for having a great view, while they also warned the pen in Detroit that it sometimes has standing water. Apparently those who got into their least favorite game have spent hours upon hours hating it on the inside.

“Houston, you’re in a cage,” Ottavino said as a close colleague also declared this to be the worst. “It’s a cage in which mosquitoes are infested and the walls are covered in dust and you have to pay attention when you pee. Something might bite you.”

“There are some bad things,” Lucas Lugg Yankees said:, who claimed he had never thought of this kind of thing before. “No one wants to warm up on the field. You throw a ball that was passed and it stops the whole game. You can’t warm up as freely as you want.”

Now in his second year with the Mets, Trevor Williams has developed a natural disdain for Philadelphia.

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“Philly,” he said, “you have a good view but you’re also three miles from everything.” “The best way to describe Philly’s Restaurant is like an open-air exhibit in a zoo. We are on display. Do you know when you see meerkats at the zoo? You can look at them and you are on the same level as them. That’s what we are.”

Williams listed the ability to hide as one of his favorite traits. If the inner room is too secluded, though, as Wrigley Field’s said, the feeling of escaping from the silence into the crowd noise can be very unpleasant. Bullpen’s steering at Citi Field puts the seat bales against the field fence in the center right, eliminating many important viewing angles. Meanwhile, whoever warms up on the hill, get left behind.

“We can’t see the number or anything,” Williams said, before explaining how the Mets’ thinners were consuming the game. “We look through the windows into any department [is near us] Abroad. We look at their TVs to see what happened.”

The one thing that united both the Yankees and Mets loosens was Architectural Beef with Camden Yards in Baltimore. They described, in horror, the feeling of trying to navigate the cobblestones standing between the relief jug and their entrance to the square.

“Baltimore, with the falling rocks, is horrible,” said Hunter, a former Oriole resident who made 104 relief appearances at Oriole Park. “I think this is my favourite. When you walk in this thing, you have to be careful.

“It’s a strange rule,” agreed Holmes. “It kind of annoys me, a bit of a pet peeve.”

It didn’t seem like it was very high on the priority list last winter, so hopefully, the relief pitcher’s inconveniences will be addressed in the next collective bargaining agreement.

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