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Pinch Me, We're Not Sucking

We're not quite in THERE ARE NO WORDS territory, but Karl Ehrhardt's sign from '69 works just fine until further notice.

To happily, nay giddily, recap:

• 7-1, tied for best start in franchise history with just 1985 now.

• First place maintained, positively; no backing in here.

• Lead of at least 3 (3-1/2 at the moment) also maintained.

• Best record in baseball, amateur-draft order be damned.

• 2006 prorated to 162 games: 142-20 — and numbers don't lie.

• Six-game winning streak, matching last season's best, which was executed in the desperate wake of an 0-5 start, whatever that is.

• Home runs produced by those who batted in the 3, 4, 5 and 6 slots, just like we drew it up in St. Lucie.

• Starting pitcher didn't collapse when given the opportunity.

• Darren Oliver sound as a pound all around.

• Importantly, it was a divisional win, which gives us the tiebreaker should we finish with the same record as Atlanta, though point differential will come into play if Dallas beats Washington on Christmas night…sorry, RFK Stadium played tricks with my mind.

Just like it did with all those fly balls we hit that went out and those they hit that didn't.

RFK was a senator from New York, you know. And we're 7-1.

9 comments to Pinch Me, We're Not Sucking

  • Anonymous

    numbers DO lie, of course, but these are such sweet ones.
    great game, no let up from the first inning and really liked the swagger at the plate. it was like, everyone into the bp pool. it's like the team is getting into that “winning is a habit” thing the mid-80's club had.
    where did we get oliver from? he's not even on my scorecard (purchased on sunday at shea).

  • Anonymous

    Actually, as Tom Lehrer reported at the time, that was back when Massachusetts was assigned three senators.
    His seat was the one which went briefly to Buckley, then Moynihan and now Hillary, so it's arguable there hasn't been a genuine New Yorker in it since Rochester's Ken Keating lost to RFK.
    The other NY Senate seat is in the Javits-D'Amato line of suck-session and is now held by Schumer. Who, if the Mets ever lose again, will no doubt call for an immediate Congressional investigation.

  • Anonymous

    What of the man who held RFK's seat after his assassination, at the behest of Gov. Rockefeller? Charles Goodell, with the unlikely to our 21st century eyes (R-L) designation. He split the vote with Dick Ottinger (D) and thus allowed the unfathomable election of James Buckley (C). For six years, New York had two Republican senators when that was almost unheard of anywhere.
    But Jacob Javits wasn't what we think of when we think of Republican senators today.
    Schumer should do the weekly manager's show with Ego & The Idiot. He'd have them eating out of his hand (and you know he couldn't turn down a microphone).
    And to bring this back to where we started, the team in the Senators caps got filibustered pretty good today.

  • Anonymous

    No sir, numbers lie to fans of other teams. Our's are true, blue and orange. Set your watch by 'em.
    We're 7-1, first place, 3-1/2 up, best record in baseball, six in a row.
    Darren Oliver was the longest of non-roster invitee longshots. In fact, he didn't even make the team out of spring training, at least not on first pass. Given Zambrano's tweak and Pedro's toe, Willie thought a long man might be nice to have around, so he offed Feliciano in favor of the veteran.
    Who, like his teammates, is awesome. Totally.

  • Anonymous

    Great website! I look forward to checking it out often. I linked your site to mine. Would you be able to do the same for me? I'd really be appreciative. Hope all is well. Lets Go Mets!
    Take care,
    Mark
    http://www.americanlegends.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    Is it too greedy to wish that Wags didn't blow that save, or that LoDuca's liner had dropped in? How great would it be if we were undefeated?! I imagine it might already be national news.
    Then again, that might be too much pressure. Things are going pretty well right now. Let's hope we can keep it up against major league opposition.

  • Anonymous

    Little greedy. Little bit.
    It's all Major League opposition. We gotta play those guys later in the season. Respect them. Respect the schedule. The rest will take care of itself.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a new commandment to me.

  • Anonymous

    Can't believe it isn't already one. Nothing makes me edgier than players or opponents who are written off, as in “bring Paul Assenmacher back for more batting practice!” because it is precisely that guy who will not give up a hit to you for the next five years.
    Egads, please tell me Paul Assenmacher is retired. I don't want to needlessly provoke him. Or Joey Eischen.