Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Mets Undefeated Since Return of Pedro Martinez

Yeah, we know, we couldn't think of anything witty... Anyway, courtesy of Murray Chass of the NYTimes, here’s your uplifting quote of the day:

The Mets continued yesterday to show the character the Yankees only wish they had.

Sums things up quite nicely if you ask us. How good is it to see Pedro Martinez return and pitching a solid five innings? And just how seriously screwed are you if Mike Mussina is trotting out of the Yankee bullpen to relieve an ailing Roger Clemens? Couple those facts with the Braves and Phillies simultaneously imploding over the past few days, and you’re left with the realization that it was indeed a good weekend for Mets fans.

Rickey is going to a Mets/Phillies game on September 15th and is now much less concerned about that game having playoff ramifications. Sorry if Rickey’s exuberant optimism comes across as a jinx for you superstitious baseball fans out there, but that’s how Rickey rolls. The possibility of ending a road trip that included a 4 game sweep by the Phillies with a .500 win percentage is quite a feat when you think about it. Now if the Mets can just string together five consecutive wins (no team has ever made the playoffs without doing so) everything will be hunky dory.

In other baseball news, Rickey is taking his father (for the sake of continuity, let’s call him “Papa Henderson.”) to a Yanks/Mariners game this Wednesday. The thinking here is that despite his intense hatred for all things Yankee related, Papa Henderson should still see a baseball game in the Bronx before the stadium is closed for good. Seriously, you have no idea just how much this man despises the Yanks: on any given day, his favorite non-Mets team is whoever is opposing the Bronx Bombers. He watches the Yanks solely to root against them, and there’s a very good chance he’ll show up wearing a Mariners cap on Wednesday. The open-minded Yankees fans in the left field bleacher section should be amenable to this sort of thing, right?

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1 comment:

RJ said...

Papa Henderson sounds like my kind of guy. My father taught me to hate the Yankees as well, but my rooting interests stayed in the American League.

Enjoy the game, and be sure to clap politely...