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Monday was an off day. Sometimes I am just grateful for off days.
Yea, we swept the Skanks, yet we get clobbered by the shitty Feeeeesh. Really? Well, we’ve all bitched about it enough, so lets look ahead.
Remember when the Nats were supposed to be the team to beat? Not just in the East, but pretty much in the entire National League? It looks like now they have taken 3 steps back over the last year. So, who is to say we can’t take advantage of that? No Harper. Who knows if we’ll see Strasburg (we all know Harvey’s better anyway). Lets take advantage of it.
Lets kick a team when they are down - people like kicking us, even when we think we are on the upswing. Lets dish it back. Lets get this rally started again. Do I think we are good enough to make the playoffs? Probably not. Do I think we have the chance to be a heartbreaker or king maker? Absolutely. Can 2013 Mets baseball still be fun? Hell yes.
D’arnaud is starting to rehab… we will probably see Wheeler in less than 2 weeks. Marcum, regardless of Miami, appears to actually be getting better.
Yea, we need Ike to get his shit together (or get laid), and David to stop sucking (#BlameMollyBeers), but we have Murph who is having a tremendous season and the surprising solid performance of guys like Byrd (yes, I know he had 2 errors over the last few days, but lets look at the full product).
So, lets play our small ball, and be a spoiler. Because, who knows, in 2 years, someone might be trying to rain on our parade and destroy our run to the playoffs. And, we have been talking about “the future” for 3 years now. While I don’t think we are there yet, this season could give us inklings and sparks. Why can’t we do it too and enjoy baseball at the same time?
Well, that wasn’t the exact line…. it was something along the lines of “it is so great that you found people like you.” No, it wasn’t someone being condescending or actually being worrisome, it was my cousin Melissa during our discussion of the MetsFanFriends and The 7 Line Army. Then there was The Shiv asking if anyone is as crazy as I am.
Everyone knows I am ok with doing things on my own, and I make friends wherever I go, but I don’t think anyone really thought that the people I met on Twitter over our common love of the Mets or at various games on the Shea Bridge would turn into real-life friendships.
Well, they kinda did. We keep people up to date on our personal lives - and often make bad decisions in each others company (or, at least, cross paths en route to making bad decisions). We go out of our way to designate meeting spots, and travel across the country together. Granted, I am one of the new ones to the party - but that doesn’t take away from how crazy and amazing this all is.
And, really, I think my family was genuinely concerned in some way - like I will become that crazy lady at Banner Day 2012 walking around Citi Field by herself with a Piazza banner hollerin’ about how we will see everyone in Cooperstown. I may be that crazy, but I am not that much of a loner. So, I am that loud crazy person - amongst a sea of loud crazy people. And, yes, Shiv, they are all just as crazy as I am - and we are all crazy in our own way.
We share a common bond - of love for the Mets. Maybe that bond is stronger because it is usually accompanies heartbreak as we watch our boys on the field. We share the ups and downs with the Metropolitans - and each other. So, yes, this is real. Crazy? Sure. Amazin? Abso-fucking-lutely.
We are 9 games into the season, and there’s a lot of reasons to be optimistic:
·Matt Harvey, duh. He’s a perfectionist, but not the douchey kind. He’s the “I am great, and I need to work my ass off to be the best” kind. And he doesn’t take anything less. He wasn’t as lights out the other night as he wanted to be, but he made it work; he found a way to get the job done. That’s what we need.
·Those blue jerseys. Yea, really, this had nothing to do with performance, but they are beautiful.
·The dish and BuckShots. We all were hyped on TDA being the key to the Dickey trade, and were willing to wait a bit for the magic to arrive, but John Buck has showed that this trade can pay off much sooner than expected. He’s performed defensively better than his two predecessors combined, and done more at the plate than the previous #44.
·We really don’t know what we are capable of. That doesn’t sound good, but hear me out. Ike hasn’t had a full spring/season in a long time. Yes, he’s started slow, but he did last year and look what his year became - we’re 9 games in, let’s see what happens. Then, we have Gee and Hefner - each had one solid outing, then they faced the homerun happy Phils. Let’s see what their next start is Lynne before we flip out and send them to the pen.
·Murphy at the plate. Daniel on the base path, not so much tonight, but Murph did a lot of work this off-season to hone his batting stance and approach at the plate. Those doubles he’s hit seem to indicate is at least starting to pay off.
This may not be much, but it’s what we got 3 series in. Sure we have long term optimism with TDA and Wheeler; the season is young. Let’s see what happens to finish out this road trip (in the snow) and how they bounce back. Because really, their resiliency may be the only way to survive this season.
I’ve been asked by a few about my opinion on the TDA/Wheeler for Giancarlo story. First, is pure fantasy and speculation. But, here are my immediate thoughts:
In general, I’m more prone to trade a pitching prospect for an everyday player, and the same holds true here. This is especially true here considering the farm system is rich with pitching prospects.
I also don’t trust the open market for catchers. Catching prospects are valued, and should be. We have been in catching no man’s land for the better part of a decade. There really isn’t going to be a major market out there either anytime soon (oooohhhh McCann), and TDA is the #1 catching prospect. I don’t want to part with that.
So, Wheeler, I’m ok with; TDA, no thanks. My knee jerk reaction… now, let’s move on until there is real “heat.”
We found out today that Johan re-tore his shoulder muscle, which means he will probably get a second surgery and will probably be done in a Mets uniform - and maybe done with baseball for good. Certain bloggers out there have harped for the past 10 months that the 134 pitches did him in. I don’t 100% disagree - but a absolutely don’t agree.
This goes back to his signing - which I don’t disagree with that contract. At all. But, he was aging, had used a lot of fuel in the tank, and has a short frame. Also, after the first surgery, he had plenty of doctors saying he’s A-OK. And, he pitched 5 games (I think… don’t quote me on that) after that great no-no, and had an ERA around 3.60 (again, I think). Then he had his ankle stomped on. As any person, when you hurt one thing that is necessary to everyday life (in Johan’s case, pitching) you start to favor its counterpart. I blew out one knee in college and favored the other - which led to arthritis in both. So, with a busted foot, he favored his shoulder. And he already had major shoulder surgery.
It was a perfect storm of little things that piled up. And, I don’t think that those 134 pitches was the tipping point. In fact, if you take out those 134 pitches, I don’t think this DOESN’T happen. I am just a fan, I am not a doctor (I just play one in my head), but really…. realistically… those 134 didn’t kill his shoulder. That combined with everything else did. And the “everything else” would have done it on its own.
So, we have 9/27/08. That Saturday night at Shea was AMAZING. Johan pitched on short rest and kept us in the race for the playoffs. Like in 2007, the second to last game was phenomenal… and thanks to Johan, I was able to bring my cousin and girlfriend to their first Mets game and experience the magic that so many of us lifelong fans live for. THAT was their first professional baseball experience. You’re welcome Melissa and Lizzo. You need to thank Johan for that:)
And, of course, we have our no-no. I am not going to say much more about that, because that was magic, and beautiful, and amazing, and an out of body experience. And for that Johan we thank you.
You have always been responsive to the fans, and that is great too. Should you come back to baseball in uniform, I wish you the best. If not, I can only imagine what you could do as a coach or as a “special assistant” with guys like Wheeler and Harvey and Syndergaard going forward. Since you are done this season on the mound - I beg of you - stick around the clubhouse. You got a hefty paycheck, why not put in a little bit of side work for it. Finish your journey in baseball making the rest of your kin better - as you always done.