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Faith and Fear in Flushing made its debut on Feb. 16, 2005, the brainchild of two longtime friends and lifelong Met fans.

Greg Prince discovered the Mets when he was 6, during the magical summer of 1969. He is a Long Island-based writer, editor and communications consultant. Contact him here.

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Pelf Bids Jinx, Braves Adieu

When you go to the beach, kids, don't assume there'll be an Ethernet cable waiting for you.

Anyway, this half of Faith and Fear is up and running on Long Beach Island, meaning baseball has taken its rightful space alongside sand, sun, water, trips to the grocery store for beer/grilling stuff/etc. and the continuing results of an experiment in how much sugar a four-year-old can hold without exploding.

In my case, of course, “its rightful place” means playing softball with kids one-handed because the other hand has a radio cupped to the ear (like some cut-rate version of Radio Raheem); interrogating all comers from the house about the score, inning, how Pelfrey looks, etc.; and generally fretting and agitating.

Happily, Pelfrey looked superb from each and every report — his story is a small part of the 2007 Mets, but he still could be a large part of 2008 and beyond, and it was nice to know that a difficult season included at least one afternoon in which all comers could see exactly what he can do. And hey, the much-abused bullpen did its job. I howled in anguish when Guillermo Mota entered the game, rejoiced at the double play that allowed him to escape, further rejoiced when he didn't return, heartily applauded Feliciano's pefect inning of work, prayed for at least another run so Wagner's vacation could continue for another day, got that run, and then sat on the beach goggle-eyed as Feliciano absolutely erased the middle of the Braves' order in the ninth. Relievers go through cold streaks; sometimes relievers go through them all together. But they can get hot, too. Right?

Oh, and it's nice doing a cartwheel in the sand when Carlos Beltran hits a home run. (OK, I can't actually do a cartwheel. But I did stick my feet in the air and flop over joyfully.)

And now, today. Rumor has it the safest place in the National League is being a team the Mets are trying to sweep. And I've heard this Smoltz fellow is a pretty fair pitcher. But that's all right — I also heard (sometimes within my own head) that we were dead men walking, and now we seem to be up and running.

8 comments to Pelf Bids Jinx, Braves Adieu

  • Anonymous

    Nice article by Klapisch on Pelfrey, Francoeur, et al.

  • Anonymous

    I so can't stand Francoeur.

  • Anonymous

    This Julio Franco signing with the Braves thing is still some bad juju, I'm telling you.

  • Anonymous

    I've come in off the ledge. The lead is back up to 4. Just knew the Phils would lose 2 of 3 to FLA.

  • Anonymous

    Fish nearly gave me a heart attack in the 9th, though. I'm sure my neighbors were concerned about all the frantic, panicked yelling. We owe a lot to that HP umpire. He totally screwed Rollins in the 9th. Which of course I have no problem with.
    Another sparkling outing by Brian Bannister today, btw. 8IP, 6H, 1ER, 0BB. I must ask you again, Omar… WTF WERE YOU THINKING??

  • Anonymous

    I wasn't out on a ledge (I've been too occupied with a gentleman friend to traverse these comment with any frequency), but it sure is good to have a 4 game lead again! Especially going into a series against the Reds. I hope to see some homers (from the good guys) there.

  • Anonymous

    At least he's helping my fantasy team…
    And Burgos is where, exactly?

  • Anonymous

    He should have stayed in KC. Would have been better for both the Twins AND the Mets.