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In a New York Month, Everything Can Change

I used to watch my team’s games and hope for the best in the vaguest sense of the word. Then June 2012 came along and on its very First night, I received the best. I received the best thing a June game could give. I received the one thing I’d been waiting for my entire life.

Johan Santana tosses first no-hitter in Mets franchise history

And everything changed.

I was so enraptured by that First Night of June that I almost didn’t notice that on the Second afternoon of the month, I got a pretty good day to go with it.

R.A. Dickey shuts out Cards the day after Johan Santana’s no-hitter

Then, five days after that, when I was moping over how my team had reverted to the kind of form that made hoping for the best an exercise in low expectations, the Seventh Afternoon of June assured me a pretty good day

R.A. Dickey first pitcher to nine wins as Mets avert sweep

It was easy to overlook, however, because the next night, the Eighth Night of June, was pretty brutal.

Robinson Cano homers twice as Yankees rough up Johan Santana

There’d been so much hand-wringing on what would happen on that night, particularly by the manager (fretting as he did over all the effort that had gone into giving me the one thing I’d been waiting for my entire life), that you could almost feel it coming. What maybe you couldn’t see coming is what happened five nights later, on the Thirteenth Night of June.

R.A. Dickey allows one hit as Mets topple Rays

This one felt on a par with that First great night of June, which is saying something, because that First great night of June — and forgive me my repetition — is what I’d been waiting for my entire life. This wasn’t quite that, but to say it was almost as good doesn’t do it justice. If it wasn’t what I was waiting for, that’s probably because I had never thought to imagine something quite like it.

And everything changed again.

I was so enraptured by that Thirteenth Night of June, I almost didn’t notice that on the Fourteenth afternoon of the month, I got a different kind of good day to go with it.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis has first career multihomer game as Mets sweep Rays

Lost in the headlines over the big Mets win was the poor performance put forth by the guy who started the month. Then the euphoria attached to these various wins was lost in another momentum-killing swoon. Yet just when I was about to mope as I usually moped, there was what transpired on the Eighteenth Night of June.

Mets’ R.A. Dickey K’s 13 in second one-hitter in row

It was as if an encore had been arranged. It was as if this kind of result and gratification was something you could expect in the way you had trained yourself over a lifetime to expect the worst when you hoped for the best. Now you were almost expecting nothing but the best every five or so nights. You didn’t want to feel entitled, but it wasn’t that kind of expectation. It was the expectation of anticipation…which in itself was almost the reward. You couldn’t wait for what would happen next.

But while I would wait, there’d be another reward on the Nineteenth Night of June.

Johan Santana leads way as Mets blank Orioles for 2nd straight night

Before the First Night of June, you’d have been overjoyed by this kind of evening, for it reminded you of resiliency and determination and indefatigable excellence. Now you were appreciative…but you were mostly hung up on the guy from the night before and what his next outing, on the Twenty-Fourth Night of June, might bring.

Robinson Cano HR lifts Yanks by Mets in Subway Series finale

There’d been so much hyperbolic chatter regarding what would happen on that night, that you could almost see it coming. You were forced to write it off as just one of those things, same as you did the next evening, the Twenty-Fifth Night of June.

Travis Wood, Joe Mather lead way as Cubs down Mets

The entire episode was a disappointment, though embedded in the episode were some satisfying scenes from the guy who had kicked off this month in such high style. Even as his team crumbled around him, he was all right. In another month, “all right” would have been OK…or vice-versa. It’s just that your hopes and your sights had been raised so very high by the so many highlights you had absorbed since the First Night of June.

A couple of which were still to come.

Mets’ R.A. Dickey beats Dodgers, is majors’ first 12-game winner

Yes, your sights had been raised to something like that, something like what you were privileged to stay awake and witness late on the Twenty-Ninth Night of June. And they stayed just as high on the final night of what had been — overall pedestrian team record aside — one of the most magical months through which you as a Mets fan had ever lived.

Johan Santana helps blank Dodgers for 5th time in 6 games

By the Thirtieth Night of June, you could ask for no more. Except, perhaps, whatever July had in store.

JUNE 01, 2012: 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 8 K (J.S.)
JUNE 02, 2012: 9.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K (R.A.D.)
JUNE 07, 2012: 7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K (R.A.D.)
JUNE 08, 2012: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (J.S.)
JUNE 13, 2012: 9.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K (R.A.D.)
JUNE 14, 2012: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K (J.S.)
JUNE 18, 2012: 9.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 13 K (R.A.D)
JUNE 19, 2012: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (J.S.)
JUNE 24, 2012: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (R.A.D.)
JUNE 25, 2012: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K (J.S.)
JUNE 29, 2012: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K (R.A.D.)
JUNE 30, 2012: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (J.S.)

11 comments to In a New York Month, Everything Can Change

  • dmg

    it was a month that signalled this season could be special. i just hope that management doesn’t waste what is going on here and that alderson figures some way to acquire what’s needed to get to the playoffs. shrugging this off as a rebuilding year with some glittering moments is just too easy. the opportunity is there for something much bigger.

  • 9th string catcher

    I would add one more remarkable event this month – Dickey not at his best gives up 5 runs. Mets bats come back, tie the game and take him off the hook. Even though they ultimately lose the game, they play as a team that gives a damn, not a hallmark of the past many seasons. Even in a loss, they are joyful to watch.

  • Will in Central NJ

    The knuckles grow a little whiter on the handlebar of the roller coaster cart, as we enter the seventh month. I recall that in each of the last three seasons, July is when injuries and prolonged slumps began to appear and pitch long-term tents in Flushing. Let’s hope 2012 is unlike those seasons, and, as dmg writes, becomes a special one for the ages.

  • Jon Shafran

    As we see with a major league best high for runs scored with 2 outs there IS something special and the Mets are in striking distance. The key is not giving up a key minor leaguer to add to the mix. A Donn Clendennon is needed

  • Joe D.

    Money talks as we know and many a rental has changed teams for low rated minor league prospects – except, as we know, the Mets don’t have the money to talk with. The rumors about Hudson Street – would San Diego not consider dumping his salary and getting a few million in return in lieu of some top prospects?

    We did with KRod……

    Sandy has already told us so.

  • Ljcmets

    I was in elementary school in 1969, so my memory may be a bit fuzzy, but the pieces seem arranged for a golden anniversary encore….two all-world pitchers leading the way
    ( one righty, one lefty), the rest of the staff taking up the challenge of attempting to rise to their level, an everyday position player leading the league in just about everything, promising rookies and young players going through travails at the plate and in the field but ultimately showing growth and progress, effective platooning, what looks like tremendous team chemistry, a veteran, well-respected in the clubhouse manager, and fans following along every day with equal amounts of disbelief, pride and excitement. Odds are against this playing out exactly in the 1969 scenario, buor stranger things have happened to this team over a half-century. For you younger Mets fans out there, this is what it felt like way back then. Only difference….we need a bullpen…..please get us one Sandy!

  • Metsfaninparadise

    How could you leave out the 17 run game? What strikes me most is that when it seemed as if Dickey had come down from the state of exaltation that had carried him into the Yankee game, he showed that that game was the aberration, and that he really is that good (ok, it was just the Dodgers, but even so…). It wasn’t just a fluke, it wasn’t just a streak, it’s looking like a dream season. At least.

  • JerseyJack

    Yankees picking up ex-Mets again? Just noticed Chris Schwinden was claimed off waivers from Cleve…

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