First off… just some thoughts that randomly popped in my head about the current state of the Mets. I remember back in the early 1980’s when the Doubleday/Wilpon group bought the team and one of the first things they did was put up this giant sign on the exterior of Shea Stadium: “Baseball Like It Oughta Be”. Mind you, this was when the team was so bad that fans were showing up with bags on their heads. But the sign was a harbinger for the the shining stars that were about to alight in Flushing: Keith Hernandez, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Gary Carter. The sniggering sportswriters of those times couldn’t see the light in the tunnel….and that leads to now.
It’s pretty dark now… the only saving factor is that there are some equally win-challenged teams in baseball… like the Marlins and the Astros (yes, I know they are in the American League now), so the Mets will likely not be breaking any records for losses. So I am praying that there’s another light at the end of this tunnel – that Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard are some of the building blocks that will bring the palpable excitement of seeing really good baseball being played again.
It is this hope and the fact that I am a Mets fan – part of my identity. They are like the the underachieving family member that you roll your eyes at every time you hear their failure, but you never fail to heap praise on them when they are doing well. So…. I, for one, will be continuing to plod through this darkness for however long it takes.
On to other thoughts:
- Rick Ankiel hit his first homer as a Met tonight. That was faster than I anticipated and it really shocked the daylights out of my Twitter timeline.
- I had a feeling the bullpen was going to ruin Shaun Marcum’s good outing. Sure enough, Scott Rice threw a wild pitch to score the tie-breaking run. No wonder it took him 14 years to get to the Majors.
- Another day, another loss. I wonder how long it will be until Terry Collins gets the dreaded “Vote of Confidence”
- One small consolation:The Yankees got whupped, 12-2. Eh. I’ll take it.
- Zack Greinke is back with the Dodgers. I hope he doesn’t anger anyone on the Nationals tonight.
- That sound you heard in Tampa Bay with David Price exiting with “triceps tightness” was “Uh-oh.”
- I got this week’s Sports Illustrated with Matt Harvey on the cover. I expect the team to issue a protection detail and keep him away from black cats and any safes or pianos suspended in the sky.
- According to SI, it looks like Penn State is still screwing it up in terms of the athletic/academic power ratio.
- Good for Jeff Samardzija for hitting a homer in his first win since Opening Day.
- What is going on with Matt Cain this season? He’s looked very mortal with an E.R.A. around 5.
- With Dave Garrard retiring, Mark Sanchez again has no veteran leadership to either push him or mentor him. Thank goodness I’m a Giants fan.
- After everything, it looks like Brett Favre may be back in the Packers family. I’m glad, if that’s the case. He’s got so much history there.
That’s all I can think of for today. Talk to you all soon.