I guess it doesn't have the Welcome Back Kotter ring to it, but Jeff Francoeur gets a quick chance to renew acquaintances with his former teammates as the Mets resume play after the break tonight in Atlanta.
After being born and raised down in Georgia, the hometown hero was dispatched to the Mets just before the break - providing a chance to make a fresh start far from home. But this takes away a little of the easy living, putting him right in the firing line just two games into his Mets' career.
"It's four games there," Francoeur said. "You've got to do it sometime and you've got to get it over with. I'll just get out there and try to get it done as quickly as possible, as far as the whole whatever goes on and talking to the guys and and just get down to baseball for four games."
The Mets can advise him on what the experience might be like by showing him - or making him listen to - the reception that Tom Glavine got when the Mets came to Atlanta with Glavine in tow. Francoeur believes that he won't merit the venom that came with Glavine's ugly breakup.
"I don't think it's going to be a bad reaction," he said. "I don't see why it would. I played hard for four years and gave them everything I had and that's the same thing I'm going to do (in New York). So hopefully the fans appreciated that and know I enjoyed my time there."