Late on April 11 Tony Tarasco went to an empty Shea Stadium and sprinkled his father's ashes near the outfield fence. Jack Tarasco had wanted his ashes scattered on the Pasadena field where his son first played ball, and Tony had done that shortly after his father died of pneumonia at 74 in April 2001. But Tarasco, 31, who was then in Triple A ball, saved some ashes for his return to the bigs. The Mets called him up in April, and last week he had his best stretch in years, hitting two homers and scoring a game-winning run. On Sunday he made a superb catch near a spot where he'd left some ashes. "My father's spirit has been with me since he passed," Tony says. Adds his stepmother, Juliet, "Jack would be thrilled."