Notes: Green suffering haircut remorse

Notes: Green suffering haircut remorse

SAN FRANCISCO -- It was the morning after the night before, and Shawn Green was suffering with hair hangover. The Mets right fielder, aka Shorn Green, was no more comfortable with his new and unwanted buzz cut Wednesday morning than he had been Tuesday night.

"I had to do it, right?" he asked, second-guessing his own submission to the powerful peer pressure that existed before the Tuesday trimming. "It's not very good, is it?"

When Green returned to the team hotel Tuesday, his wife, Lindsay, had been forewarned. Her reaction: "A painful laugh," he said.

By Wednesday morning, she had become more accustomed to the change. But she spoke some words her husband found ominous: "You look more European now. We'll have to change your wardrobe."

And Green said, "She wasn't kidding."

Skull session II: General manager Omar Minaya joined the masses "to be one of the guys" Wednesday, but he scarcely looked different. Carlos Beltran, "the best-paid barber in the world," had done Minaya's, too. Aaron Sele promised he would have his done Friday when he gets to the clubhouse. He is posing for family photos Thursday.

Jose Reyes remained the lone holdout among the players. But he gave it a "maybe" Wednesday morning even after Willie Randolph gave him an out.

"Jose's got more of a style going," the manager said, as if that mattered to the other players.

An uphill battle: One way or the other, it's going to cost you in this city. Rookie Joe Smith now has made his first visit to the City by the Bay and learned just that. Two room-service burgers cost him $58 Tuesday night.

Of course, he could have gone out for his postgame meal, but he was put off by San Francisco's remarkable hills. "And," he said, "it seems like you're going uphill going and coming back."

This and that: The 200th victory of Randolph's managerial tenure came Tuesday night in his 356th game. Among Mets managers, only Davey Johnson, 339 games, required fewer games. ... Winning Tuesday night put the career victory total of Tom Glavine against the Giants at 20. He has a 20-15 record against the Giants, 20-18 against the Dodgers and 22-12 against the Padres. ... The triple Reyes hit Tuesday was the 46th of his career. It made his total past that of Buddy Harrelson and left him 16 behind Mookie Wilson in Mets history. ... Reyes extended his hitting streak to 14 games in the first inning Wednesday . ... The Mets announced the signing of Brian Lawrence, the veteran pitcher, to a split contract. He has reported to the club's extended Spring Training.

This date in Mets history -- May 10: Carlton Willey pitched a complete game in the Mets' 3-2 victory against the Reds at the Polo Grounds on this date in 1963. The victory was the Mets' third straight by a 3-2 score. Willey's record was 3-2. ... Nineteen years later, the Mets scored twice in the bottom of the ninth on a two-out double by Bobby Bailor to beat the Padres, 3-2. The Padres had scored once in the top of the inning. Randy Jones pitched a complete game in beating his former team and putting his record at 4-1. He finished the season, his final big-league season, with a 7-10 record.

Dwight Gooden pitched the second of three straight Mets shutouts at Shea Stadium on this date in 1985, beating the Phillies. The 5-0 victory followed a 4-0 shutout of the Braves by Ed Lynch two days earlier and a combined one-hitter by Sid Fernandez and Roger McDowell in a 4-0 victory against the Phillies. ... In 1993 on this date, Eddie Murray drove in Vince Coleman in the first inning, and the Mets won, 1-0, against the Marlins in Miami. Bret Saberhagen and Ryan Bowen pitched complete-game three-hitters.

Coming up: After a day off, the Mets get their first look at the team with the best record in the National League. The Brewers come to Shea Stadium for a three-game series. Jorge Sosa makes his second Mets start opposite Jeff Suppan, so effective against the Mets in the NL Championship Series last season. The Friday night game begins at 7:10 ET.

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