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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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Fly the Cespy Skies

I adored Entourage when it began airing in 2004. Then I tolerated it. Then I asked myself why I was still watching it. Then I rooted for it to go away, yet stuck with it to the bitter end in 2011 because I can be that way. My gripe with the HBO series that ran for eight loooong seasons was that whatever predicament Vincent Chase and his boys would get into, there was always some magic solution that rescued them. The worst of it (at least through Season Four) was the episode when Vince’s crew had to get to Cannes and implacable forces conspired against their travel plans. They were stuck. There was no way they were flying.

Then Kanye West shows up at LAX with his amply spacious private plane, invites them aboard and ferries them hassle-free to France. Hey, look — everything worked out fine again!

How freaking ridiculous is that? You can’t expect your problems to be solved every time by some larger-than-life superstar conveniently ambling by with an enormous problem-solving vessel.

Unless you’re a Mets fan.

Yoenis Cespedes and his bat take care of everything, don’t they? Yo comes back from six weeks of major league inactivity, he barely plays any rehab games, he lets it be known his legs aren’t really fully ready for everyday action…and he hits a ninth-inning grand slam to put a tenuous doubleheader opener definitively out of reach.

How could that possibly happen so easily? Because he’s Yo, that’s why. Because he’s Yo and he took a very Yo swing and deposited a very Yo home run over the SunTrust fence. In that instant against Atlanta, he became the plot point to end all plot points. You can be picky about whether he was actually the game changer — the Mets were winning, 2-1, when he took Luke Jackson into the clouds — but I know he’s a blog changer. I was gonna write about how good Robert Gsellman (6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 0 R) and Wilmer Flores (2-for-4, run scored, run batted in, nice grab at first) looked, how horrifying Asdrubal Cabrera (two errors in the first inning) and Fernando Salas (a home run surrendered to Brandon Phillips on the second pitch he threw) were, and whatever else was about to go right or wrong across a tense Saturday afternoon.

But, nah. I’m just gonna get on Yo’s plane and enjoy the very sweet ride.

7 comments to Fly the Cespy Skies

  • Curt

    Yup. The man dropped the hammer. For a while – most of the game really- I figured we were about to finish a 3-game period where our starters had given up a total of 1 run and come away with zero wins.

    Just gonna say it. Cabrera is no longer a major league shortstop. He needs to learn second. When a player has you wishing for Wilmer Flores to be back at short, it’s time for a new position.

  • eric1973

    Yo is back, Matz is back, and Wilmer continues on his way to stardom. With some nice fielding plays (not) to boot!

    Today was the first day of the rest of the season.

  • Burbank Jake

    Cespedes is ridiculous. And I’m guessing like lots of Mets fans, I “knew” he was going to hit the slam. It was just what was supposed to happen.

    Was watching the second game on Braves broadcast (as no SNY on DirecTV for the nightcap for some reason) and Atlanta’s announcers were raving about Flores driving the ball to right center with power. He may not field well but he just might hit enough to overcome that (like that Murphy guy in DC).

    And because I’m giddy and thinking irrationally, I’ll note that only deGrom had a bad outing the last time thru the rotation. Harvey was solid (while throwing WAAAAAY too many pitches) while Wheeler, Gsellman and Matz were terrific. If they can do that consistently, maybe another rising from the ashes might occur for our favorite team.

  • Greg Mitchell

    Even Wilmer’s outs are hard. Looks like Miggy out there. We can dream but he has been the best hitter in the majors (if you skip home runs) for the past 5 weeks and still going…

    TJ hits a pinch HR and gets sent down so Reyes with his .190 average, .250 on base and horrid fielding (no range plus another error today)can stick around, or is that aground? Meanwhile, penny pinching Mets have held Rosario back even though team lacks a major SS. Cabrera never had range and now looks like Gregg Jeffries when he was making 40 errors a year in the minors at short…

  • Shawn B

    Reason # 1,969,000 to love this blog: Greg cranks out an entertaining recap in between games of the doubleheader. Amazin’. Thank you.