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With Apologies to Joe Piscopo

“Let’s take a look!”

The big story — Mets 2017.
Exciting. Thrilling. Awesome!
Not very often.

Ten-game homestand.
Two straight wins!
Three straight losses.
Three more wins!

Tough opponent?
Not really!

Steven Matz?
Five innings.
Terry Collins?
Seen enough.

Michael Conforto — home run!

T.J. Rivera — home run?
Not really.
Oakand A’s?
Oakland E’s!

One out, two on, T.J. up, A’s lead…
One hit, one more out, three runs in, Mets lead!

Lucas Duda?
Lucky bounce.
Ryon Healy?
Not so lucky.
Get well, Ryon Healy!

Yoenis Cespedes?
“I Love New York!”
I Love Oakland more!
“I Love Bob Melvin lots!”

¿Yo qué?
Misinterpreted, Yo says through a translator.
Terry Collins?
“I Love Bob Melvin, too!”

Addison Reed?
Needs a rest.
Dan Iassogna?
Needs to be arrested.

Jerry Blevins?
Five outs!
Blevins’s arm?
Still on!
Trade value?
We’ll see!

Winning pitcher?
Hansel Robles!
The right direction, for a change!

Next up?
Thor bobblehead, first fifteen-thousand.
Line up?

Back to you, Brian.

9 comments to With Apologies to Joe Piscopo

  • Matt in Richmond


  • Kevin from Flushing

    How… how did you pull this together so quickly?

  • LeClerc

    Strange day at the office for TC.

    I seriously doubt Cespedes was directing any animus towards the Mets organization – just making nice with a Bay Area beat writer. No need to appoint a special counsel.

    How to navigate through nine innings with the non-deGrom Mets’ pitching staff? Without Blevins’ heroics, Salas was the next man up.

    TJ is a verifiable clutch hitter. Find a defensive position he can actually play – first base after Duda’s gone?

    • Eric

      TJ Rivera’s main liability in the field is his weak arm, which makes 3B a bad position for him. But he’s an adequate athlete to be passable at any infield position where he doesn’t need to gun a throw. So he should be okay at Murphy’s old position, 2B, as well as 1B.

      The dilemma is whether the roster can hold both Rivera and Flores. They’re not carbon copies, but their strengths and weaknesses and positions overlap so that they share the same role on the roster. Letting either one go risks him coming into his own for another team like Turner or Murphy.

  • Ken K. in NJ

    Ryon Healy. Best variation on a common name since former Yankee #1 Draft Pick and current criminal Brien Taylor.

    PS: After all these years you guys still come up with novel ways to recap a game. Thanks!

  • Dave



    Partially restored!

    Who knows?

  • greensleeves

    A tonic & a spritzer in a summer of mostly flat beverages. Thank you!

  • UpstateNYMetfan

    I watched the link to the Joe Piscopo SNL bit from 1982-funny how the joke about the “Oakland Raiders Moving Company” is as relevant now as it was then. I’m wondering if the Mets might oblige Fate’s apparent affinity for inflicting re-occurring Oakland losses, and perhaps win two more over the A’s to round out a nice five-game winning streak. Uh oh, did I just tempt Fate?

  • eric1973

    If only George Stone had pitched Game Six……

    I always thought Yogi got a bad rap on that…… There was no hotter pitcher than Matlack, and with he and Seaver going, you’d figure to win one of them.