I figure it's gonna take 32 more victories to win this thing. Every time we win, we peel a square.
—Lou Brown, manager, Cleveland Indians, Major League
This one was a specialty from the Mets playbook. We're reasonably hot. We leave town. We alight in some city where the local team is dreadful. We're facing some two-bit [...]
Well, it was fun waiting two extra hours for that.
I'd forgotten how insane this park is — shots flying to the gap like they're tennis balls, and just when you get used to that you get bled to death by loopers that drop right behind the infielders because the shell-shocked outfielders have retreated to Kansas. [...]
Joshua has fallen in love with the stuffed Sandy the Seagull Stephanie was kind enough to give him. (He insists on calling him “Sammy,” despite understanding that isn't his name — I'm think it's an homage to Casey Stengel.) So when he found out we were taking him to Keyspan yesterday to see the Cyclones, [...]
Alex Wolf is 1-0 lifetime at Shea Stadium. I'm 169-131 there, including the post-season, something I don't normally take into account when discussing my Log, but if the 1998 Yankees can claim 125 wins in one year (the regular schedule not nearly expansive enough to contain their self-aggrandizement), then I can stretch my truth just [...]
SHEA STADIUM — INTERIOR — DAY
An OLD SCOUT shuffles to his seat, clipboard in hand, and looks down to find a MONEYBALL GUY with a pocket protector in the seat next to his. The old scout sits down with a theatrical sigh.
OLD SCOUT: Good Lord, it’s you. What’s it gonna be today, egghead? VORP or [...]
Speed kills. Not only that, but speed redeems an ughfest like Friday night’s and forgives all manner of yips that would murder you on a more torpid day. Forgives sun- and wind-aided whoopsies by Cairo and Beltran in the field. Forgives the inexplicable case of the goofs by Mientkiewicz on the basepaths (there may a [...]
The Dodgers obviously haven't heard about our roll. That, coupled with San Diego's refusal to stay classy, allowed the Phillies to elbow us back into fourth. Plus, Clemens, the ol' evildoer himself, has Houston ahead of us for the Card that runs Wild. On the other hand, the Astros kicked Washington in the Nats; the [...]
“If everybody doesn't write negative things about me, this will probably feel even better” — Kaz Ishii
Sorry, Ish. While everyone in the Kingdom of the Blue and Orange is extremely happy to see that “W” next to your name this morning, here comes some writing of negative things. Though you seem to have mostly gotten [...]
I've been cruising Retrosheet on party-pooper patrol.
Through 107 games in 1991, the Mets were 57-50, 5-1/2 out of first in the N.L. East.
Final record: 77-84.
Through 96 games in 1992, the Mets were 48-48, 4 out of first in the N.L. East.
Final record: 72-90.
Through 94 games in 1996, the Mets were 46-48, 4-1/2 out of the [...]
If the Mets were in the National League West, they'd be a half-game out of first. And the commute home would be a bitch, so never mind. But we just did a pretty neat job of sweeping a first-place team on the back of the most foreboding pitching matchup since Heilman vs. Beckett.
This game of [...]