A blog dedicated to the New York Mets with some other baseball thrown in.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Did that blow your mind? Because that just happened. ~ Ricky Bobby

Endy's catch went from being one of the most clutch catches of all time to being just another great play. Seeing him extend and bring back a homerun ball he had no business catching was one of the craziest things I have ever seen. You just felt that the Mets were destined to win after that. Oliver Perez was thrust into the biggest game of his life after being added to the playoff roster due to injury. Last night felt magic. Last night felt like destiny for this Met team. I still cannot understand for the life of me how the Mets did not pull this one out and let Jeff Suppan shut them down again.

Yes, yes...the Mets had a great season. Everyone pat themselves on the back. It does not change the fact that this was one of the most heartbreaking losses you will ever see. My friend and I were at Stout last night and the crowd was great. The bar was going nuts as there were plenty of "En-dy-Cha-vez" chants going around, "Let's Go Mets" chants, "Endy, Endy, Endy...Oi, Oi, Oi" chants, etc. After the Mets lost, I just walked out of the bar. I drop my money on the table and said, "I gotta go". The "buck up Mike, things will be alright" texts started to come through as my Yankee friends feared I might do something drastic. My one friend IM’d me this morning, “Did you wake up in a gutter? I wouldn’t blame you if you did.” My Met fan friends? Silent. I called one friend and he said he did not want to talk.

However, I did do something drastic. I got a hot dog, meat on a stick, and probably e coli. People might call me a bit a of germaphobe so that is no small thing for me to actually purchase something from a street vendor as I've seen them drop food and pick it back up as if the five second rule was really a rule to be followed, but drastic times call drastic measures. Now we get to look towards next year. Omar will make a 97 win team appreciably better. The Mets will return next year with another ace in their stable and will probably have the best starting rotation in the National League when Pedro Martinez returns mid-year and possibly the entire Major Leagues. The Mets will have a full year of the new and improved Jose Reyes. The Mets will have the best bullpen in the Major Leagues again. In 2007, anything less than a trip to the World Series will be a failure. Omar has turned this franchise around in short order and though you could not call them anything but a success in 2006, not much can assuage how a lot of us are feeling right now. The Mets were so close to winning this series and this one hurts badly.

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  • Friday morning quarterback time. Really not much to complain about as it was just a rough loss. You have to tip your cap the Cardinals pitching as Suppan was huge and Wainwright was unreal getting two huge strikeouts in the ninth with men on base including striking out Carlos Beltran with the bases loaded. Ironically enough, the big fear in regards to last night's game was Oliver Perez and he was dealing last night and was not the problem. He went six innings and had 88 pitches (61 strikes and four intentional balls). Personally, I would have rather seen him come back out in the seventh despite Rolen knocking that ball over the wall, but you got the feeling that Willie thought he was lucky to get this far with him and lucky to get as much out of him as he did. Perez's at-bat never came up in the sixth so it certainly would have made sense to try and get another inning out of him to me.

    That would have set up Bradford for the eighth, Heilman for the ninth, etc. As for Heilman, he took the loss, but he did his job and I do not fault Willie for bringing him out in the ninth. I'm sure a lot of people will fault Willie since the closer is supposed to be in there in a tie game at home in the ninth. Some people might think it was a loss of confidence in Wagner, but Heilman is one of the better relievers in the league. You play for the win in the bottom of the ninth, but with the Mets offense, getting another inning from Heilman and then having Wagner for two was not exactly a bad thing. You would figure that would have given the punchless Mets three more chances to scratch out a run basically ensuring a win.

    In the end, it really is not a big deal since the Mets were not winning the game with one run. The Mets got two hits in the first and did not get another until the ninth inning. After they scored in the bottom of the first, I was expecting the Mets to put up quite a few on Suppan, but that obviously did not materialize. Instead, the Mets season ended as Carlos Beltran took strike three an another wicked curveball from Wainwright who has impressed me a lot this series. Really, you could say Beltran choked, but he didn't. He was big this series for the Mets and Wainwright is downright nasty. The Mets had first and second with no outs and only LoDuca was able to do something at the plate. The Mets lost this one as a team, the blame doesn't sit on any one person.

    "A classic game," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "I'm disappointed for our ballclub. I'm real proud of my guys. It stings right now. It's a good experience for some of our younger guys, to go through this kind of drama. ... We've come a long way in a short time."

  • I wasn't going to post any links today, but this one deserved it. Wallace Matthews is the biggest douche ever spawned. The article is so bad, it has to be read.

    In fact, the A's, swept by the Tigers, probably could have beaten either of these two in the World Series, as could the Twins, the Angels, the Red Sox and, as much as it pains to admit it, the Yankees.

    With the exception of Chavez' leap, this series and last night's game were very much like the lady who sang the national anthem. Close, but nothing special. (It was Glenn Close, by the way.)

    But then, what can you expect from a team with no pitching playing a team with no hitting? The Cardinals, winners of 83 games, boast a lineup of one guy who can hit, Albert Pujols, and eight who can't. And Pujols wasn't hitting.

    The Mets, meanwhile, sent out Perez to win this crucial game, a pitcher with a 3-13 record and 6.55 regular-season ERA, a pitcher so bad he was sent to the minors by the Pirates but had become so vital to the Mets hopes that his 5 2/3-inning, five-earned run performance in Game 4 of the LCS was praised as if they had just discovered the new Koufax.

    Really, it gets worse. The article is off the charts in terms of stupidity. It really makes him look petty and like he has an agenda to follow.

    Anonymous bmc said...

    I was going to jump off the 59th street bridge but I was afraid there would be a line.

    1:49 PM

    Anonymous jake said...

    i'm with dg. great season, blah blah blah.

    last night felt like magic except for the rain.

    hey, at least none of you guys are redskins fans too. i'm doubly fucked.

    time to drop out of society and go surfing.

    2:06 PM

    Anonymous metfaninutah said...

    That stung big time last night. After Chavez's catch (which has to be top 5 all time in postseason) I thought it was destiny, we couldn't lose. Then that faggot Molina gets up, as soon as he hit that I thought it was a harmless flyball, but man did it carry. I can't believe how well it carried! That doesn't happen often at Shea. He got under it, but it still sailed out. What a heart-breaking series. We scored first in 5 of the 7 games. And in game 5 they didn't score first but took the lead over the very next half inning. Of course the game we never had a lead in was Trach's gem! I just feel we outplayed them, but man they just couldn't hold leads. And we really can't blame it on the lack of starting pitching. With the exception of Trachsel, only Glavine took a loss and he only gave up 3 runs. Anyway this sucks! I really want the Tigers to win, but I want the NL to prove they got stuff too, so I can't decide what I want. I hate hearing those faggots say either team is going to get killed by the Tigers! But man I hate the CArds now! Three cheers for Perez and Chavez though. Hell Yeah!

    2:36 PM

    Anonymous benny blanco from the mutha fuckin' bronx said...

    Obviously I was very sad that they lost. I turned off the TV before the ump could even finish his "strikeout" motion.
    But I was more sad than angry than I was in the other games. In Games 2, 3, and 5, I was fucking pissed and felt like killing babies, Game 7? Just felt like shit.

    And to honost, there's really no one to get mad at. Can't get amd at Beltran, that was a sick pitch.
    Can't get mad at Heilman, he's been solid up until just one fucking pitch.
    Can't get mad at Willie, he did everything right.
    Can't get mad at Wright, he did have the only RBI.
    THe whole team lost last night, it was a team effort.

    Wainwright was scared though. The fans and the atmosphere did get to him, it was obvious, he just reached deep down and got the pitches when he needed to.

    I've gotten very funny messages from Yankee fans who laugh and claim "Sorry Met fans, it happens every year". And then claim how some how the Yankees are better, lol.
    I respond to them saying how ridiculous they sound. I mean what they're basically telling me is that the Yankees are better LOSERS than the Mets, despite the fact the Mets amde the NLCS and the Yankees looked like ass in the ALDS. Thier reason is that the Mets lost to the worst team in the playoffs, while Detroit has a solid record? HAHA, silly people.

    But whatever the Yankee fans comments don't get me mad.

    In the end I'm fuckin' proud of this team man. I'm happy to be a Mets fan. This team went form injuries all year long to big injuries in a span of 3 days. Th Mets lost two-fourth's of thier rotation, in Pedor and El Duque and still made it as far as they did.
    Despite having "the worst pitcher in the majors" they made it this far.
    And that worst pticher in the majors did pitch one hell of a fuckin' game.

    I won't be watching the World Series, because I know the results already, and quite frankly, I just don't give a fuck. It will be a very low rate World Series, probably the lowest since 2000.
    But now the Mets are done, I will be looking forward to the Hot Stove, its gonna be fun.
    Its gonna be fun because Omar is the fucking man. Omar is pissed. And Omar will make this team better in 2007 than they were in 2006, which is scary. I feel bad for the rest of baseball.

    So I wanna thank the Mets for the amazing season and providing me with kick ass memories, from the Reyes cycle, to experiencing the Jose, Jose, Jose chant live in the regular season and during the playoffs. To Delgado's 400th Grand Slam Game Tying Homerun, to Beltran's walkoff against the Cardinals. To Milledge's game tying homer against Benitez, To heaing Enter the Sandman with 57,000 singing along, to finally seeing Endy Chavez make catch after catch, and especially yesterdays amazing catch.
    Great year, Great team, I'm proud.

    And thanks of course to the guys I talk to online, everybody on this blog. (And for sucking at fantasy baseball) lol.

    2:41 PM

    Anonymous DG said...

    Suppan came up with so many big pitches last night, and so did Ollie Perez, who has probably convinced all of NYC that he has serious cojones. While you can decry, if you'd like, his inconsistency, the guy is the anti-Zambrano, he's so into it, so competitive, that he is the very embodiment of a NY pitcher. Remember that the Mets acquired him in an effort to work out his issues next Spring. Same as in Game 6, we saw a pitcher mature before our eyes. The guy's money!

    I have no real grievances, a paucity of quibbles. I wasn't sure that Aaron for a second inning was the best of decisions, seeming to recall that his second innings didn't always go unblemished this season. The life of a set up man is really an intense burst and then a seat in the dugout. Plus, the Mets had a full pen waiting. But in an odd way, Heilman received a complement from Randolph in being given a second inning. Had Wagner given up the homer, NY would have been in shambles this morning. No one is going to step on Heilman, however.

    Still how to describe the creeping feeling I got as Molina stepped into the box? Before a pitch was thrown I knew the guy was going to hit it out. Given that he was the only every day Card that showed up to each game, he deserved the honor. Suppan, Wainwright & Molina.

    The next four months are going to be brutal. Too long of a wait. This team is headed for several World Series victories.

    4:45 PM

    Anonymous DG said...

    ...just not this year....

    6:31 PM

    Anonymous brian b said...

    after the loss last night i didn't say a word to a soul.

    i heard that looper and weaver were singing "jose olay olay olay" in mocking celeberation. that kind of steams me, classless, who is braden looper to say anything.

    Hopefully we get a nice arm for next year.

    everybody says the team achieved a lot this season but i can't help but feel dissapointed.

    7:18 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wally Matthews is a clown who should go back to covering Boxing.

    7:26 PM

    Anonymous MikeinLA said...

    If there's a goat, it's definitely Wright. The Mets lineup became a lot less scary when he started sucking, and last night Delgado was intentionally walked 3 times. Wright did not hit even one ball hard.

    10:32 PM

    Blogger Anthony said...

    Brutal loss to end a brutal week. My father had a heart attack this week. Tough stuff to deal with. The juggling act of dealing with all of that and trying to keep up with your team that you've followed every day for the entire year (and last 38 years for that matter) made for a crazy week. I was really hoping the Mets could bring my family's spirits up on this last game. But it wasn't meant to be. Pretty intense stuff, my dad introduced me to the Mets and made me the fan that I am of them. So it was weird to have all of this go down at the same time. I agree with Benny from the MUTHA FUCKIN Bronx. Couldn't be more proud of this team. Just an awesome year. They gave it everything they had and left it all on the field. They were fighting with one arm tied behind their back due to the pitching situation. Our boys stepped up. Next year is going to be the shit. I did feel all along that this year was our 85' set up to next year being the equivalent of 86'. The Mets are going to dominate in 07'.

    Oh, and Jake, I like the Skins too. I hear ya brother. Double fucked.

    1:30 PM

    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx said...

    Hey! Some good news!
    According to Tracy Ringolsby of Rocky Mountain News, per rotoworld.com,
    The new CBA eliminates the whole Type A, Type B, Type C free agents and the former teams of the free agent won't be compensated anymore.

    So, we can sign Barry Zito, Julio Lugo, or even someone like Carlos Lee and not have to worry about giving up a draft pick.

    2:39 PM

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