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Going, Going, Juan Gonzalez

Tony La Russa might want to keep Juan Gonzalez around, and not just for the swing that resulted in the mildly meaningless home run off Johan Santana at Tradition Field on Friday. Turns out that Msrs Gonzalez and Santana have a history, kind of like Chipper Jones/Pat Burrell against the Mets, all wrapped into one. Juan Gonzalez is 6-for-7 in regular season games against Johan Santana with two home runs and two doubles. The good news is that we don't have to worry about most of the guys who hit the snot out of Santana. There's no one more prolific than Gonzalez, so that's a positive. There's no fear factor with Gerald (3-for-5, 2 HR) Williams, and I don't believe we'll see Sammy Sosa (3-for-4, 3 BB, 1 HR). But there's a new Molina to irk Mets fans (Bengie: 12-for-25, 2 HR). Hideki Matsui is the one lefthander who owns Santana (11-for-25, 1 HR), but we're used to his success against everyone wearing a Mets uni. If Johan is facing Frank Thomas (10-for-21

Word To The Wise

Nate Robinson was on The Today Show this morning, playing basketball against Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson. True to form, he missed his first three shots. -- Me, 9:00 a.m. Can they add a Shea Stadium vandalism charge when they indict Clemens? Probably not, statute of limitations. -- My dad, 9:12 a.m. I'm not going to apologize for being such a wise guy. That's because I've decided to become a Wise guy, pun fully intended. That's Wise, as in Matt, whom I expect will be pitching in some key situations for this year's team and is, at least for now, the clubhouse leader for favorite Met status. Paul Lo Duca was my favorite Met for the last two years, and I feel bad about that now, given what came out in the Mitchell Report. Any chance at forgiveness was lost at his pathetic"C'mon bro" reply when he was asked what he was apologizing for. Lo Duca (and Roger Clemens) would have done well to have watched the "One Day at a Time reunion, also on T