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Happiness Is...

Happiness is Dillon Gee throwing eight innings of three-hit shutout ball.

Happiness is Gee pitching every fifth day, instilling nothing but confidence by his very appearance in the Mets rotation.

Happiness is nodding off in the seventh when the Mets are up, 4-0, and stirring in the ninth to see the Mets are still up, 4-0.

Happiness is Carlos Torres’s right arm remaining attached to Carlos Torres’s right shoulder after completing the ninth inning for the Mets’ 4-0 win.

Happiness is David Wright finally driving a ball to the wall and having the ball go untouched for an RBI double.

Happiness is Wright being so splendid defensively that if you didn’t know better, you’d just assume he’s one of those good glove/no hit guys, except you know better.

Happiness is the unconscionable pop fly that falls in among Gee, Wright and Anthony Recker — with Lucas Duda nowhere in sight — yet causes nothing in the way of scoreboard damage.

Happiness is the Mets threatening early, leaving runners on base and not having those uncashed opportunities come back to bite them.

Happiness is Chris Young hitting long home runs when he’s hitting anything at all.

Happiness is Curtis Granderson motoring around the bases faster than his batting average (.129) is plummeting.

Happiness is Daniel Murphy stealing and never getting caught.

Happiness is Anthony Recker starting and the Mets never losing.

Happiness is a winning homestand that at least temporarily allays the anxiety that the Mets can’t prevail at Citi Field.

Happiness is regardless of what happens in Philadelphia, the Mets will end April with a winning record.

Happiness is anticipating rather than dreading the months that follow April.

Happiness is a precarious proposition when you’re a Mets fan…but it’s definitely worth a provisional revel for now.

12 comments to Happiness Is…

  • metsfaninparadise

    Happiness is not caring how many Yankee fans are in my zip code.

  • Penacious H

    Oh Happy Days! Hope they last awhile!

  • Lou from Georgia

    Also happy the Mets have an off day after a darn good homestand. They’ve been playing great and deserve a rest. Bullpen guys especially need it. Thankfully Gee got most of them off to an early start today, Torres’ rubber arm excluded.

  • FL Met Fan Rich

    With the schedule they had, this team really peformed. I for one was not that confident that they would make it out of April in such goo shape.

    When you have good pitching you are always in the game. When you look ast all the stats you wonder how they are doing it?

    Just win baby!

  • Dave

    While we’ve been in a waiting for the other shoe to drop mode since at least 2006, at lease right now we can look at this team and wonder where they’d be if Alderson thought that the best solution at shortstop was, I don’t know, get a good one. Or that paying above major league minimums and non-roster invites could solidify a bullpen.

    Guess my waiting for the other shoe to drop attitude hasn’t completely gone away yet.

  • APV

    Happiness is … a warm gun. Sorry Greg, had to channel my inner John Lennon there.

    Glad to see the Mets playing better overall. Still can’t get overly excited because it’s only one month and frankly this team still isn’t very good at hitting the ball. But wins are wins and I’ll always be happy to see them, especially the way they won Friday’s game. After his single to tie at 3 on Friday night, I told friends that Quintanilla is Spanish for clutch. Also, let’s be patient with Granderson for at least another month or two before we start lumping him in with Bay, et al. Yeah, he K’s a lot, has just 1 HR, and his average is less than Tejada’s weight. But I think he’ll get it turned around. Two walk-off RBIs in a week don’t hurt either.

  • Will in Central NJ

    Happiness is being underdressed at breezy Citi Field on a day like yesterday, but not getting too cold because you’re keeping warm, applauding.

  • Barry F.

    Happiness is coming to this site anytime, but especially after a win.

  • Deborah

    Happiness is being a Happy Mets Fan, savouring every minute of a .500 record and believing, baby, believing.

  • open the gates

    Happiness is (at least for the time being) being on a pace to win 90 games this year. Someone at the NY Post did the math. Probably won’t happen, but fun to think about, especially if your name’s Sandy Alderson.

  • mikeski

    Clap along if you know what Happiness is to you.

  • Lenny65

    I’ll be happy if this bonanza of great starting pitching continues, as it’s been a real pleasure to witness thus far. If your starter is keeping you in games, obviously you’re more apt to squeeze out a few W’s with a dink & dunk lineup like we have.