Elster's World

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Magic Number?

The concept of the magic number is either silly or all embracing - depending on how close or far from reach it happens to be. So when the Mets were sitting six and a half games up in first and coming of an impressive 9 out of 10 stretch, it was easy to look at a swollen magic number, scoff and say "who cares about magic numbers when they are so far away?"

Now? The Mets are clinging to a two and a half game lead over Philly (thanks to a Met win and Philly loss last night) and a magic number of 9. Wait a minute, you say, 9? games? That's not so many. After all it's a combination of Met wins and Philly losses right? So if we win just five games and Phily loses just 4, we make the playoffs right?

So the magic number has gone, at least for me, from being an object of ridicule to being an object of hope. Hope that, perhaps, the season will run out before the Mets give away the lead they spent the entire summer holding on to. Hope that maybe, within that magic number, the Mets will find some of the swagger that they had last year in the late days of September. Hope that what Met fans have been saying all season - if only we get fully healthy, then watch out - will actually come to be. That Delgado's hip heals and he hits like he was in the week or two leading up to the injury. That Alou's quad stops tightening up. That El Duque can pitch in the playoffs this year. That Pedro can stretch the arm out to 6 or 7 innings. That Castillo's knees don't snap off like twigs.

Magic number: 9. And that nine should come sooner rather than later. Soon enough that Jose Reyes, who looks tired, can sit for a few days.

That it should come before the season runs out and the Mets give the lead away.


  • I miss the old Elster's World. I hope I have not played a role in its apparent demise.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 5:25 PM  

  • The Phillies magic number is 12. And that twelve will come sooner rather than later. Soon enough that Jose Reyes can keep clubbing for a few months.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 9:50 AM  

  • After last night's debacle - I have decided that the Mets don't deserve to make the playoffs. At this point, they flat out stink. It's a travesty.

    Were you serious abt the other thing? Do you really miss it? I stopped the other Elster's World because it was too much effort to put into something that no one was readnig anyway. Call me selfish, but I didn;t feel like writing so much for 4 people.

    By Blogger Elster, at 11:17 AM  

  • I miss some aspects, particularly the parts in which you'd offer thoughts about life, your family, your job, your hopes, disappointments, etc.

    I certainly don't blame you for stopping. Everyone should write what they want.

    Who are the other three people to whom you refer?

    Until last night I expected the Mets to hang on and win the division and lose in the NLDS. Now I expect a total collapse.

    I thought Willie did a terrible job again using up so many relievers even though he knew Wagner may be unavailable. Sosa has been used way too much and should not have been asked to pitch the 9th - let alone the 10th.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 12:07 PM  

  • Sigh - What a mess. After last nightm there is certainly no hope for this team.. Even if they make the playoffs, it seems like their spirit has been crushed. Last night's loss was so deflating.

    Why was wagner unavailable?

    As for the old blog - the truth is I miss it too. The people? There was you, 2 women named Sara, and occasional visits by Jameel and Jack's Shack. Otherwise, not so much.

    If i may rant...actually forget it, no rant today.

    Gmar chasima tova Joe.

    By Blogger Elster, at 12:18 PM  

  • Wagner has back spasms.

    Gmar tov

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 12:49 PM  

  • a gmar chasima tova shanas geula vyeshua v'hisromos keren yisroel.

    By Blogger Sara with NO H, at 5:01 PM  

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