Though we're all by now aware that the Mets were eliminated from any chance of postseason contention on Sunday night (not that there was much of a chance anyway, but when you're alive, there's always some faint degree of hope), the Mets still had to go out and play their 18 remaining games on the schedule. 18, being 1 more than that 17-game crucible that has submarined their past two seasons to the point where I referred to it not simply as a game, but "Idiot Time," last year. Unfortunately, Idiot Time seems to have spread over the entire season this year, so now, the real Idiot time is sort of like a coronation of Idiocy.
It started with a bang last night in a game where, by all rights, the Mets should have been no-hit by Tommy Hanson. If there was any justice for him (and don't think this is me somehow actually sticking up for a Braves player, it's more a comment on the state of the Mets), those 2 hits from Murphy would have been errors or he just wouldn't have gotten them, and the other 2 Met hits, however they came about, would have been errors or walks or whatever as well. It happened once earlier this season, when AJ Burnett took a No-Hitter into the 5th inning, that part of me started to root for the Mets to get no-hit. Again, it's not because I want to see this guy throw a no-hitter, or because I'm all of a sudden against the Mets, it's because this is what the Mets deserve. The more embarrassing this gets, the more likely it becomes that the major changes that need to happen will happen.
In the words of Jerry Manuel, "A-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha!"