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Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down

“Losing to the Yankees is no different than losing to Colorado. What stings is losing to the Marlins. They’re in our division.”
—Mets first baseman Ike Davis, June 21, 2012

“I can’t wait to strike out those chickens. I want to strike out the side against them. I’ve done it before.”
—Mets closer Frank Francisco, June 22, 2012

“What I’d really like to see, one more time, is not so much a WS win, but the Mets taking back NYC.”
FAFIF commenter Steve D, June 3, 2012

I’m with Frank and Steve on their sentiments, no matter that Frank was a little impolitic in the context of avoiding the uttering of bulletin board material (or whatever opposing players look at instead of bulletin boards these days), but then again they do call him Frank Frank, presumably for his straightforward manner.

As for Ike, your cool, detached logic does not interest me for the next three days. Don’t lose this weekend, don’t lose to Colorado, don’t lose to the Marlins and don’t use “than” when “from” is correct.

If you’re going to pretend a game is a game is a game, try, “Beating the Yankees is no different from beating Colorado. What’s really great is beating the Marlins. They’re in our division.”

Good luck to all of us.

12 comments to Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down

  • Scott Hensley

    Yanks, say hello to my little friend: R.A. Dickey. See you Sunday, suckers.

  • Jacobs27

    “What Steve D and Greg P said.”

    –FAFIF commenter Jacobs27

    • Jacobs27

      And since I know you’re a 1776 fan, Greg, and Ike is sounding a wee bit treasonous, here’s for you:

      Ben Franklin: [Aphoristically] Treason is a charge invented by winners as an excuse for hanging the losers.
      John Adams: I have better things to do than stand here listening to you quote yourself.
      Ben Franklin: But that was a new one!

  • Lenny65

    The second I read Frankie’s “chicken” comments I became full of dread. Please, guys, don’t do that…especially after recently dropping three straight to that very same team. Just go out and win, leave the chatter in the box until then.

  • Hotrod62

    Great article. What really warmed my heart was the inclusion of my favorite Met-Rod Kanehl.

    As an 11 year old in 1962, all we did was play baseball at our local sandlot in Canarsie. We all realized none of us were any great shakes, but we could relate to one player…a player whose desire and effort far outweighed his talent. That was Rod Kanehl. We would actually practice diving for grounders, just like Rod (I think we got better at it).

    I saw him play in the Polo Grounds and waited after a game at Shea in 64 to get his autograph.
    Fifteen minutes later, I’m on the 7 train and guess who was standing next to me?…Rod.
    I was only a kid in awe and I didn’t dare speak to him, but this still is one of my favorite memories growing up.

  • InsidePitcher

    Good luck – we’re all counting on us!

  • Andee

    Frank is not the sharpest letter opener in the pencil cup, but personally I think this “firing up the other team” stuff is vastly overrated in baseball. Especially when playing this particular team. The Yankees don’t already have enough incentive to beat us? There’s actually room for more incentive? A-Rod has to be told it’s a good idea to hit home runs in Subway Series games? Okay, whatevs.

    Besides, I’ll bet the Yankees thought it was funny. I mean, come on, Derek Jeter’s head on a chicken’s body? If they can’t find the humor in that, they’re gonna burn themselves out fast. Just like when Brandon Phillips went off on that “I hate the Cardinals” rant a few years ago, it was so over the top the Cardinals must have peed themselves giggling. And the Reds won the division that year and the Cardinals missed the playoffs entirely, FWIW.

  • Steve D

    I would say the Mets clearly dominated NY baseball from 1969-1975…then from 1985-1992…for about 15 of their 50 years. We have now been subservient for 20 straight years. Our top two hitters all-time COMBINED do not have as many hits as Jeter. Yet we wait with a quiet dignity…waiting to be on top again. Then championships will come.

    • Dennis

      “Yet we wait with a quiet dignity…waiting to be on top again. Then championships will come.”

      Umm…..don’t you think it should happen the opposite way…you know, championships first?

      • Steve D

        It is harder to win championships now…in the Mets’ 2 championships, they won the division and 2 playoffs…today you have to win three playoffs. True you can get in with the wildcard, but there are more teams in each league to beat out too…I think overall it is harder to win it all.

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