Change Of Scenery Ignites Mets’ Willie Harris

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Mets fans need no introduction to Willie Harris. Though now instead of robbing the team on defense, he’s helping them on offense.

The former Mets killer jumped all over Javier Vazquez on Sunday. Jose Reyes led off the game with a double and Harris followed with a blast over the fence in right. New York won, 9-2.

I had a pretty good spring, but it doesn’t stop there,” Harris said. “I’ve just been really focused on getting off to a great start and just being consistent throughout the season.”

The 32-year-old hit .183 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs in 132 games for Washington last season. The Mets signed Harris to a minor league deal in January.

“I felt like it was a great fit for me,” he said. “Not only that, but it seems like the organization was starting over. They made some changes in the front office, got a new manager. And in my mind, I’m starting over.”

In parts of 10 seasons with the Orioles, White Sox, Red Sox, Braves and Nationals, Harris hit to the tune of .239. This season he’s already 4-for-10, batting .400 over 3 games with 2 doubles, 1 home run and 4 RBIs.

“I’m not really worried about a whole lot,” said Harris. “Hitting behind Jose and in front of David (Wright), who do you think they want to deal with? They want to deal with me rather than David. So it’s been good to get out to a good start.”

“He’s making it hard, isn’t he?” manager Terry Collins said of Harris filling in for Jason Bay. “It’s going to be tough to put him on the bench the way he’s playing.”

Can Harris keep it up? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • John O'Loughlin

    saw willie streaking in from left field to backup the third baseman on a play because
    the pitcher who was fifty feet away was still standing on the mound. Great hustle Willie. I think I was the only guy in the ball park besides the coaches in the dugout to pickup on that. I watch for you in the stats and box scores. Good luck during the rest of the year. Great hustle.

  • Dom

    No he will not “keep it up,” but, he will be a valuable bench player. The Mets are much improved on bench and depth of pitching talent. Notwithstanding, the absence of Santana. The Mets as underdogs may surprise the league. Big Mike may have to eat his words.

    • Mason

      Depth of pitching talent, just 3 games into the season & according to Dom DeLuise here, the Mets already have a better rotation then the Phillies. Does Dom Deluise even know what the word talent really means?

      It’s not how you start that matters, but how you finish & Dom Deluise should know this being that he witness the 2 historical chokes of ’07 & ’08. I hope he’s optimistic in June as he is in early April.

      • Dom

        Why not let Dom Deluise rest in peace, rather than making silly comments about his name. No one is claiming that the Mets have a better pitching staff than the Phillies.
        They are a long shot for division leader but can compete for a wild card. Who knows, it’s a long season and stranger things have happened in baseball. Just lay off poor Deluise.

      • Mason

        I was making fun of you Dumb Dom. Stop dreaming, Mets need to worry about not ending in last place. Braves are strong, Mets can’t compete with them nor the Phillies, so where do you see the Mets making the wild card, in your dreams? 3 games into the season & you have them on top, WAKE THE HELL UP DUMB DOM. Mets couldn’t win even in fantasy land.

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