Friday, April 28, 2006

Happy recap

Wow. Golly. The Metropolitans played in a statement game tonight, and what a statement they did make. Six games up on April 28. Doing it on United Nations Field. It's all quite breathtaking.

Something Gary and Keith remarked on during SNY's broadcast: Reyes has now scored 21 runs in 22 games, all while having an OBP around .300. And oh, he also has nine walks. Sky's the limit.

Seven strong, Cy Young innings from Pedro, who dominated despite only 5 Ks. He is now 3-2 against Smoltz head-to-head.

And what to say about the most blessed and beloved, David Allen Wright, who hit two solo bombs, the last in the top of the 9th off of Atlanta's "closer" Chris Reitsma to make the score 5-2.

Then, New York's favorite heavy metal fan struck out the side to close out the game. OK, so he loaded the bases between Ks, but a save is a save.

BBPOTS Player of the Game: Jose Reyes

Friday's talking points memo

Edgar Rice Burroughs once called the south "The fetid cesspool of America," and we should all keep that in mind for the next three days. Tonight, Pedro takes on Smoltz in a Hall of Fame pitching matchup.

My personal experience of Georgia consists of less than a week spent at a convention, but what I can say is that I'm happy the convention took place in the wonderful cultural center that is Athens, and not the soul-crushing debacle of Atlanta.

Athens gave the world not only R.E.M. and the B-52s, but a little thing called democracy, which can't be underestimated: for all the good Michael Stipe emoting as another man massages his shoulders does for the world, I think I'd rather have democracy. Call me crazy.

Atlanta is home to King Cotton, to Ted Turner, and many other alliterative people, concepts and groups (one such group is known for their impeccably white costumes) too numerous to be listed here. It is a symbol of everything that is wrong with our country. It is home to people who like Toby Keith. It is the reason people hate America.

Today's unbridledly optimistic win total prediction is 115.

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