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Faith and Fear in Flushing made its debut on Feb. 16, 2005, the brainchild of two longtime friends and lifelong Met fans.

Greg Prince discovered the Mets when he was 6, during the magical summer of 1969. He is a Long Island-based writer, editor and communications consultant. Contact him here.

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What was fun: watching Jose Reyes hit, hit and hit again. Ryan Braun later followed Jose Jose Jose Jose’s three-hit performance with a pinch-hit double, but with two days to go Jose’s .334 is a whisker of an eyelash above Braun’s .334, or at least so says ESPN.

What was less fun: watching Jose Reyes go too far around second base and get tagged out. D’oh.

Also less fun: Chris Heisey robbing David Wright and smashing a fatal home run. Terry Collins’ obsession with the bunt and Nick Evans’ inability to get down a component one conspiring to short-circuit a promising ninth-inning rally. Dusty Baker winning. Chris Schwinden’s awkward wind and chuck on every pitch. All those empty seats. I wanted to grab this game and hold it close, but it took forever and was mostly indifferently played, and I found myself yo-yoing madly back and forth between wanting it to slow down and wanting someone to get on with it already.

Really less fun: Realizing we’re already a backwater. The Red Sox and Rays are staring each other in the face with two games to go. The Cardinals almost caught the Braves before being tripped up by the spoilerific Astros. It’s exciting stuff, with Ozzie Guillen getting traded to the Marlins as a sideshow. Very soon, the bright lights will come up and the only Mets you’ll see will be on the wrong end of the highlights.

We’ve known it’s coming for a while. But it doesn’t make it any easier to take.

9 comments to Endings

  • BlackCountryMet

    REALLY pulling for Jose to win it, would be just desserts

  • Ken K. in NJ

    To paraphrase: “Can’t Anybody Here Bunt This Ball?”

  • Jacobs27

    On the bright side, there was an unexpected ‘Rocket Boy’ sighting. You wonder why he’s let that imposter give him such a bad name all year.

  • Joe D.

    Jose’s blunder which probably cost us the game ALMOST makes me wish he loses the batting title as well but then, he’s still a Met (at this moment) so Let’s Go Jose!

  • March'62

    Would it kill anybody if Collins sent the runners from first and second in the ninth and a 2-0 count on Evans? A well-placed groundball, which is more likely in that spot than a well-placed bunt, wins the freaking game. What happened to being aggressive? Why not take a chance at the end of a meaningless game at the end of another mediocre season? The statistics have to show that wasting an out in the ninth by attempting to bunt a runner to third is the stupidest call in baseball. Oh and while I’m ranting, Boisclair wouldn’t touch Lockwood!!! Okay, I’m done. Thanks for being there.

  • Florida Met Fan Rich

    Please turn out the lights!…The Party is over for this season and has been over for awhile!

    GO RAYS!

  • kd bart

    2012 Spring Training will be dominated by bunting drills. I never seen an NL team less capable of laying down a decent bunt.

  • kd bart

    2012 Spring Training will be dominated by bunting drills. I’ve never seen an NL team less capable of laying down a decent bunt.