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We Now Return You to Your Regularly Scheduled Angst

Wow, the Red Sox won their first World Series at Fenway in 95 years!
Who’s gonna play first for us?

Unless Big Papi is holding a grudge against Kaiser Wilhelm, I suppose they can retire every last reference to 1918 up there.
None of the in-house candidates is remotely satisfactory.

Shame about Beltran not getting his ring.
Who’s gonna play short for us?

Shame about Victorino getting another, of course.
There’s not a single good, proven option on hand.

At least Molina looked miserable when it was over; so much for Cardinal inevitability.
Right field’s another zone of uncertainty, to put it mildly.

McCarver’s done on Fox — class act in his day, even if that day peaked around 1985.
I mean there’s nobody…NOBODY I’d put out there if I had to choose right now.

Even though I had no strong rooting interest, it was a pretty good postseason all around, I thought.
Geez, we have a lot of glaring holes.

It wasn’t the Mets, but I always enjoy getting caught up in it…as long as certain teams aren’t involved.
More treading water or are we gonna make some kind of splash?

I started watching baseball in 2013 on February 23 and I kept watching it until October 30.
And what defines “splash” anyway?

But now it’s time to move on, into winter and toward, should we all be so lucky, another spring.
I hope they don’t make any stupid trades…but that they don’t do nothing, either.

I have only one last thing to say as we enter the offseason.
Well, whatever.

Let’s Go Mets — yeah!
Let’s Go Mets — I guess.

14 comments to We Now Return You to Your Regularly Scheduled Angst

  • Ken K. in NJ

    I feel pretty much the same way. Highlight for me was the “Clank” of balls crashing off the Green Monster. Did they mike it up or something, I don’t ever remember hearing it that distinctly. And a welcome retro sound in our over-analyzed baseball world of 2013.

    Only other time I heard such a clank was in the movie 61*, when Maris and Mantle clanked Home Runs off the Yankee Stadium façade, which of course, took place in 1961 and also of course was a movie.

  • kd bart

    Mostly non descript World Series that really wasn’t well played. 13 errors in the 6 games.

  • vin

    I watched all the way thru till 10/30 as well…thanks for great columns all year long! Ratings were good and beat NFL a couple of times which warms my heart and I think the series was pretty good certainly not non descript as mentioned above!

  • mikeski

    Good Lord, do I despise Shane Victorino. That he has 2 rings while David has none is unconscionable.

  • March'62

    No celebrations since 1918? So glad they got that monkey off their back. Sort of like the NY Rangers getting that 1940 thing out of the way. Allowed them to just relax and reel off another string of championships. Which I’m still waiting for. Of course, 20 years ago was the last time any of my favorite teams (Mets, Jets, Knicks, Rangers) won a championship. Still waiting. A grand total of 2 championships in the last 160 seasons. Good times.

    • Steve D

      My condolences on that record…that is really sad. You are going to be waiting a lot longer. I was lucky enough to become a Steeler fan in the mid 70s.

  • open the gates

    Well, at least we got 2/3 of a good outfield in Young and Lagares…den Dekker showed some flashes, maybe he’s the guy…maybe Tejada turns it around in winter ball…and then there’s first base.

    First base.

    OK, I give up.

    See y’all in April.

  • Will in Central NJ

    On a very superficial, simplified level, we have now seen how a 69-93 team turned it around to become a 97-65 team and win the World Championship. Only the 2009 team ever lost as many as 92 games, so maybe the impossible is possible in 2014. Ya gotta believe!

  • Will in Central NJ

    (Oops, I meant to type, “Only the 2009 team ever lost as many as 92 games IN CITI FIELD….” )

    Well, Art Howe lit up the room…!

  • chuck

    Forgive me if I’ve said this here already, but McCarver’s never been the same since Judy Tenuta stopped working with him.

  • Dennis

    Maybe I’m in the minority, but I thought McCarver was always good. Maybe he was not as sharp as his best days with the Mets, but I always enjoyed him…..especially when contrasted against the annoying Joe Buck. Always seemed like a true gentleman and was a great ambassador for baseball…….I’ll miss him doing games.

    • metsfaninparadise

      I think people forget that when McCarver does a World Series he has to explain the game for a lot of casual viewers, ok, maybe not a lot. That’s why he says so much that’s obvious. I maintain that he was a pioneer and he changed the way analysis is done. He pulled back the curtain for us in a way that few, if any, had done before. I think Darling’s even better, just because he’s more intelligent and able to articulate additional concepts or explain things more finely, but I think the experience of watching Met baseball in the mid-80’s was enhanced by Tim’s presence. When a great team is doing everything right there’s an awful lot of little things that go on constantly and I always felt I was in the thick of it (especially on 9/17/86 when I ran by Wally Backman onto the field as the team sprinted off after they clinched).

      • Joe D.

        Hi Paradise,

        I agree with the take about McCarver having to explain things to a broader audience. Many casual viewers take in the world series who ordinarily do not follow baseball all that much.

        30 years ago before I became an opera fan, I caught a live broadcast of the Met hosted by Tony Randall. At the end of the first act the singers came out to take a bow and never having seen an opera before, I was unfamiliar with this tradition.

        Randall explained they come out after each act. So at the end of the second act they will come out to take a bow again, and so forth.

        The next day some television critics hammered him for talking down to the television audience as if they were stupid. Guess they too didn’t realize that some of us actually learned something and were actually confused when the singers came on stage after the first act till Felix explained why.