Thursday, June 19, 2008


I caught last night's game in fits and starts, between the radio and TV, and watching a tape of Tuesday night's "Deadliest Catch." What I ended up accomplishing was turning off a 4-3 game in the bottom of the 7th, pretty sure the Mets weren't going to come back, and then turning the game back on and seeing a rather mysterious 4-4 tie in the bottom of the 9th.

What I missed was how the Mets tied it, that is being Jose Reyes and David Wright doing something they hadn't done much of: coming through in the clutch. More impressive would be that they did it against Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez, the Trevor Hoffman for the '00s.

But I digress. Damion Easley turned himself back into Damion "Don't Panic" Easley for a few minutes and swatted the winning HR in the 10th, Wagner retired the Angels in order, and the Mets won the game and the series from the AL West leaders.

But if you'd listened to Gary Cohen and Ron Darling on SNY, you might have thought they'd won their division.

"The kind of victory that could turn a season around," [sic] was the quote from Gary. That's all fine and good, and it's easy to get excited over a bigtime comeback and Jerry Manuel's first victory as Mets manager. But haven't we been saying this sort of thing all season? How many victories have the Mets had that were supposed "Season turners?" We've heard this sort of thing several times, but it's a little too late to get overly optimistic. Maybe, with the Willie mess out of the way, the Mets could be playing with a clearer head, but let's get serious for a moment. Does anyone really think this team has a major hot streak in them? They're 5.5 games out of first, with 3 teams ahead of them. They're 6 games back in the Wildcard. In another season, with another kind of team, perhaps it would be easier to believe that this victory could spur the Mets on to a 29-11 kind of run that would put them squarely in the middle of the race. But the way the team has performed to this point, I'm not inclined to believe that.

A big win, yes. I won't deny that. But one win can't turn this team in the right direction. That's already been well established.

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