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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Before I Can Even Think Of Working Today

Congratulations to the 2006 New York Mets, who clinched the National League East with a 4-0 victory over the Florida Marlins in front of well over 40,000 fans in a wild, partlylike atmosphere at Shea Stadium last night.

The Mets, due to fortunate (or unfortunate) circumstances were able to clinch the playoffs at home due in large part to a strange combination of Philly victories and an incomprehensible sweep this past weekend by the Pirates. But the end result was a party at Shea that we have not seen in some time.

There was Cliff Floyd bringing in the last out of the game and clutchinjg the ball like he never wanted to let go. There was Carlos Delgado, a long time veteran, feeling the thrill of making the playoffs for the first time in his very good career. There was Pedro, wearing goggles to block the sting of champagne, skipping like a little kid to get his NL East champion t-shirt.

Better still, there was the much maligned Steve Trachsel going six and a third very strong innings for the win, probably clinching (though never really in doubt) his spot in the post-season rotation. There was Jose Valentin launching two big home runs to right field. There were Jose Reyes and David Wright, celebrating with the fans like only 23 year old kids can do.

Much can go right or wrong with this ballclub over the course of the next several weeks. They can march to the World Series and perhaps, with the right amount of luck and destiny, even win it. They can make the series and lose. They can even get unceremoniously bounced out of the first round of the playoffs by the wild card team or by a weak western club like the Padres or Dodgers. It is impossible to predict how far this talented, but flawed, team can go. Their offense is a powerhouse but their starting rotation is weak and they can't seem to hit lefties.

So before the dust clears and Met fans are either happy beyond reason or scarred beyond repair, let us take a moment to reflect on this achievment. The Mets have not won the NL East since 1988, when the cruised through the regular season only to be shocked by LA in the playoffs. In fact, they have not even been to the playoffs since 2000. This is the first step in what we hope will be many. But should disaster strike, the fans can at least remember the good feelings on display September 18th on a warm night at Shea.

Fantasy Update: Thanks to the Jacksonville Jaguars defense, and Bill Cower's decision to play Big Ben Rothleidnfjcndcde a week too early, I was able to soundly defeat TO despite his going into the Sunday night game down by just 10 points with TO and Fast Wille Parker still going for him. Well the fantasy gods were smiling on me as TO broke his finger and Fast Willie was stuffed - allowing me to waltz into a share of first place with Jetsphan before my showdown next week with Team Akiva.

5 Comments:

  • MAZAL TOV!!!!!!!!!!

    By Blogger Limey2001, at 10:25 AM  

  • Thanks. And I still am amazed that anyone who goes by the monniker "limey" knows anything about baseball.

    By Blogger Elster, at 10:49 AM  

  • Congrats!! That was some celebration. Definitely worth losing the series to clinch at home. Maybe our teams will meet again somewhere down the line.

    By Blogger bellanny, at 11:03 PM  

  • I certainly hope so because the would mean a trip to the World Series for my Mets.

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:18 AM  

  • i love my adopted country
    so now i must adore baseball and apple pie
    great trade for shepards pie and cricket

    (sort of like zambrano for kazmir)

    By Blogger Limey2001, at 10:28 AM  

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