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Things You Don't See Every Year

Eleven runs in one inning.

Two grand slams in one inning.

Seven walkoff wins in one month.

A nine-game road winning streak.

An inside-the-park home run.

A cycle.

A homer hit by the oldest man ever to homer.

A 200th career victory.

A 300th career save.

Eleven pitchers start.

Two stud prospects debut.

Eight outfield assists by a fourth outfielder.

Twenty-one consecutive scoreless innings by one reliever.

Nine consecutive wins by one starter.

Six players named to the All-Star team.

Four players voted to the All-Star team.

Five players on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

One player on The Late Show With David Letterman.

Three consecutive Player-of-the-Week awards.

One Player-of-the-Month.

A five-game lead by April 17.

A ten-game lead by June 22.

A magic number on July 18.


16 comments to Things You Don't See Every Year

  • Anonymous

    And the good part is…

  • Anonymous

    Might we be so bold as to hope for a pitching feat never accomplished by someone wearing a Mets uniform before?
    Nah – there's no way that will ever happen….

  • Anonymous

    3 things left:
    1. – that which you mentioned
    2. – a triple play
    3. – a World Championship
    Then my year will be complete.

  • Anonymous

    Things I will now be heartbroken/furious/institutionalized if we don't get:
    * Postseason baseball
    Things I would dearly love to see:
    * A World Series title
    * Edgardo Alfonzo finds his way onto the postseason roster in the Mazzilli role
    Thing that wouldn't be as good as that, but would still make me very happy:
    * Edgardo Alfonzo finds his way onto the regular-season roster, gets a standing O and a big hit
    Things that I won't ask for but would be awfully nice:
    * A great second half and fond farewell for Cliff Floyd
    * An MVP award
    * New club records for HRs, RBIs, Rs and SBs
    * A 20-game winner
    Things that the mean little part of me would like:
    * That other team we share this team with not playing postseason ball
    * Not worrying about the Braves in September
    Things I hope for every night and now have given up on:
    * That which has been mentioned

  • Anonymous

    Then there's the weird stuff.
    A double play taken off the scoreboard by a balk.
    A single, double at best stretched to a triple because it hit the ballboy's stool.
    Paul LoDuca go postal on an ump after a blown call, leaving a live ball even David Cone knew about before the Brave runner did.
    Two straight Mets lining out to the pitcher on the first two pitches of an inning, and the third batter tempting fate (and breaking many rules) by swinging at the third pitch of the inning and being retired on the fourth.
    A masseuse in the opposing team's dugout.
    An MCP in our team's broadcast booth.
    A ground-rule double called at Wrigley by virtue of Beltran losing it in the ivy (this, I'd just read, is the only ground rule left to fielder's discretion; if the outfielder chooses to dig for it, the ball remains live).
    Jose Lima. He gets a lifetime exemption for the Weird tour.
    All of this, and I only get a couple of games a week here. But then, I missed seeing Francesca and Russo broadcasting a game, so there's something to be said for occasional fandom.

  • Anonymous

    Psst…that other team shares the same city, not the same team. Innocent, fast-thinking, faster-fingered typo, but I don't like the sound of it one bit, no sir.

  • Anonymous

    Don't forget the two appendectomies.

  • Anonymous

    I was gonna throw in “a new network,” but the Royals got their own network a few years ago. Still, seems part and parcel of the terrain.

  • Anonymous

    I blame all typos on my Inner Yankee.

  • Anonymous

    You spelled “Inner Something/Anything Else” wrong.

  • Anonymous

    What about that ball that wound up in the opposing outfielder's shirt?

  • Anonymous

    and orlando hernandez's unassisted doubleplay at home.

  • Anonymous

    Things that make you go hmm.

  • Anonymous

    oh yes and a player hitting slams in consecutive games.

  • Anonymous

    We're missing the obligatory sprinkler delay, lefty-reliever ripping a double and scoring off Randy Johnson, right fielder falling down to make a catch, and third baseman rendering gloves irrelevant. But hey, there's still time.

  • Anonymous

    That stuff is SO last year.
    Well, it is.