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Stuck in a Moment and the Mets Can't Get Out of It

I'm beginning to think we're the worst good team in baseball. Maybe we're the best bad team, but no, we're still in first by a breathable margin (thanks Astros, thanks Dodgers). However it's framed, someone's Juneing all over our July.

As on Monday, Tuesday night I learned I've gotta keep at least one eye on these bastards. I ran an 8 o'clock errand which caused me to miss the Mets' two-run first. But OK, they scored without me, I guess it's safe to pick up a bit of other business away from the TV for just a little while. Uh-uh. Literally the next game-thing I knew, it was 6-2 Rockies. Just like it was 6-0 Rockies the night before when I dared to blink. I thought this was the Fourth of July, not the Second of February.

In case you were wondering, Aaron Sele lives, Kaz Matsui is Paul Molitor and Joe Smith remains very, very young.

Aw hell, if we can be nice to Julio Franco, we can think good thoughts in broader terms. Happy Independence Day to the greatest country on earth, no matter how “excessive” some of its foibles can be. Happy Endypendence Day, too, while we're at it. Gads, I miss him.

3 comments to Stuck in a Moment and the Mets Can't Get Out of It

  • Anonymous

    Of course Franco is finished..Unless the GM has some plans on keeping him around in some other capacity, he's gotta go! Come to think of it the last guy named Franco on the team stayed a bit longer than he should have as well..
    This team is really tough to watch sometimes. In fact I will avoid tonights game altogether..I am not happy one bit- disaster seems to lurk around every corner.
    Happy 4th

  • Anonymous

    “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward” – Thomas Edison
    “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing the same way over and over and expecting the results to change” – Some guy I heard at an Amway recruitment meeting
    Jason Vargas was not the answer last night. We didn't expect a one-hit complete game shutout, but we also didn't expect a 24.30 July ERA out of him.
    Mike Pelfrey has not been the answer six times this season (though, to be fair, he was not the reason the Mets lost that last outing).
    Julio Franco is not the answer off the bench. Since May 29th, he's had three more hits for the Mets than I have.
    Throw Heilman a start? Give Mike Carp or Andy Tracy the pinch-hit at-bats Franco's eating up? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
    The Mets were five games up on the Braves, eight up on the Phillies, before their 13-19 slide over the past month. Today, they're four games up on the Braves, and five games up on the Phillies.
    This insanity will not continue. Both teams, though flawed, are more than capable of running off eight wins in a row and catching us before the All-Star Game pit-stop. If we let them.
    Let's not let them.

  • Anonymous

    You may want to email the Amway recruiter's information to Jason Vargas.
    Hey, the kid's gonna have to make a living somehow.