The Mets hadn't risen so high this week that they were in danger of contracting vertigo, but I was feeling a little less than steady Friday among the upper boxes.
Never mind Row V (or my forthcoming Seven-Pack stay in Row Q). At least up there there's a railing to grab hold of as you make [...]
OK, admit it — you thought the bad dream of a year was over, that the swagger was back.
Well, perhaps it is. Even teams with swagger are going to lose 60 or so a year, some of them badly. But for fear of upsetting the new positivity, maybe we shouldn't look too closely at [...]
Welcome to Flashback Friday: Tales From The Log, a final-season tribute to Shea Stadium as viewed primarily through the prism of what I have seen there for myself, namely 368 regular-season and 13 postseason games to date. The Log records the numbers. The Tales tell the stories.
6/25/78 Su Pittsburgh 0-1 Espinosa 1 3-4 L 4-0
“It was out of my reach. What do you want me to do — dive for it?”
—Roger Dorn, Cleveland Indians, 1989
“I'm not going to dive just to dive. If I think I can reach it, I am going to dive. If I don't think I can catch it, I am not going to”
—Carlos Delgado, New [...]
Around here we usually do a night-of recap and a next-day amplifier. But some games demand not just one but two recaps — particularly when you're getting Faith and Faith, with Fear skulking around somewhere in the dark waiting for its turn again. Last night's is one of those games — because who wouldn't want [...]
Dozens of advertisements urged on the Mets en route to their championship in the 1969 World Series program, but only one looked like a notice placed by a proud parent in the Playbill for a high school production of Bye Bye Birdie (which, come to think of it, was the unofficial theme of that Fall Classic). [...]
Tuesday night, the Mets' 162-game gully of godawfulness dried up on a winning note. The oft-cited record from May 30, 2007 forward concluded at 79-83.
Old news. New season from here on out.
The Mets are 1-0 as of Wednesday, May 28. Yeah, officially we have to graft it onto the 24-26 start and we have to [...]
Postgame interviews after a Mets loss are the baseball equivalent of snuff films. I don't see how anybody could possibly enjoy watching them. After a win, especially when winning is typical Met behavior, they're white (or Wright) noise. Yes it was good to get a pitch I could handle. Yes it was good to make [...]
Hustle. Enthusiasm. Clutch hitting. Add-on runs. Big moments. Smart plays. Range at second base.
It was all there tonight — all those things that went from our delight in 2006 to our supposed birthright in 2007 to our casus belli in 2008. Whether it was Reyes keeping the horse of a Marlin rally from escaping the [...]
Remember mediocrity is not a mortal sin.
—Frank Loesser, “Brotherhood of Man,” How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Nobody's been fired, but an entire team was recently spotted quitting.
The New York Mets have tendered their resignation from the competitive rigors of the baseball season. They gave their notice in Atlanta last week. I accepted it [...]