ATLANTA -- The Mets are fortunate no one took a foul ball in the back of the head during batting practice Tuesday.
Plenty of backs were turned to home plate as the Mets batted during the second half, and eventually extra time, of the US Men's National Team's Round of 16 World Cup match against Belgium. The Braves opened Turner Field's gates two hours early to allow fans in to watch, adding to the festive atmosphere.
Earlier in the afternoon, many Mets players sequestered themselves in a back room of the visiting clubhouse, watching between stints in the trainer's room or batting cage. A few foreign players rooted against the US, though the mood, in general, was overwhelmingly patriotic.
The US eventually lost, 2-1, in extra time, drawing groans from the Turner Field crowd. The Mets were already back in their clubhouse by that time.