Notes: Dealing with dreary clubhouses

Notes: Sketchy accommodations

DETROIT -- In almost every ballpark, new or old, the clubhouses are located on the lower levels, usually the lowest, and never exposed to daylight. They can be dreary places and usually are, particularly the visiting clubhouses that are, for the most part, smaller than those of the home teams.

Syd Thrift, who served as general manager for several clubs, including the Yankees and Pirates, theorized that dreary living conditions would lead to dreary performance, and so he endorsed use of low-wattage bulbs in the visiting clubhouse in parks where he worked.

Well, Thrift would have approved of the visiting clubhouse at Comerica Park. It is a dreary place and belies its age, given that the park opened in 2000. The cinder-block walks have been painted a faded mustard color. Some ceiling tiles are strained, others are out of place or missing. And the clubhouse is cramped with many small rooms, some with slanted ceilings as if they were post-construction afterthoughts.

That said, the Mets' quarters this weekend are significantly larger, nicer and more open than the visiting clubhouse in Tiger Stadium. When the Mets played there in 1997, Todd Hundley called it a slum, and he wasn't the first to do so. Bobby Valentine said the manager's office was too small to change clothes, so he stepped outside and used the old line, "So small, I couldn't change my mind, either."

John Franco is said to have told big Butch Huskey he could enter only if he removed his freckles.

"They take up too much room," Franco told the massive former Met. "Get rid of them or those shouders."

Powering up: The home runs David Wright and Carlos Delgado hit on Friday night in the Mets' 3-0 victory increased the franchise total of Interleague home runs to 198, the most by a National League team in the 10-plus seasons of Interleague Play. And Delgado's two RBIs on Friday increased to 135 the first baseman's career RBI total in Interleague competition. No other player has so many.

Like a 3-6-3 double play: The Mets' game in Philadelphia on July 1, originally scheduled for a 1:35 p.m. ET start, was first changed to 8:09 p.m. to accommodate ESPN. Now, it's been changed back to 1:35 p.m. because ESPN is no longer carrying it. As the TV folks say, "Stay tuned."

Booking it: The Mets selected Glen Johnson, the 18-year-old son of first-base coach Howard Johnson, in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday. He was the 1,106th player chosen. But young Johnson will stick to his plan to play baseball for Jacksonville University next year.

This date in Mets history -- June 10: Perhaps the brightest shooting star in the history of the franchise blitzed across the sky on this date in 1966. Dick Rusteck made his big-league debut a four-hit, one-walk, five-strikeout shutout of the Reds. Eddie Bressoud produced the sixth and final two-homer game of his career -- four of the others came in Fenway Parks as a member of the Red Sox -- as the Mets won, 5-0, at Shea Stadium. Rusteck, who developed elbow problems after the shutout, was rocked in his second start and ineffective in his third. There were no more. His big-league career lasted just eight games, all in '66. Footnote: In three big-league starts, Rusteck had five at-bats, four in that June 10th game.

Two years later, a pitcher with greater staying power tossed the third shutout of his career, as Tom Seaver beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles. He pitched 10 innings, as did losing pitcher Don Sutton, in the Mets' 1-0 victory. Oddly, Seaver struck out just two batters, eight fewer than Sutton. Seaver pitched 60 other shutouts in his Hall of Fame career, none with so few strikeouts.

In what stands as something of a connect-the-dots instance 40 years after the fact, Alay Soler made one of his eight appearances with the Mets and pitched an out-of-nowhere shutout against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix on this date last year. As had been the case with Rusteck, the Mets won, 5-0. Soler, released by the Mets and signed by the Pirates this spring, hasn't pitched in the big leagues this season.

Coming up: Tom Glavine seeks, for the fourth time, to earn the 296th victory of his career on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET. Glavine will be opposed by Detroit rookie Andrew Miller who will try, for the first time, to notch the second victory of his career.

Marty Noble is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.