Sunday, July 30, 2006
Requiem for the Braves
Today, for the first time since 1979, the Metropolitans swept a three-game series from the Braves in Atlanta. Today, with his third grand slam of July and a solo job in the fifth from the other side of the dish, Carlos Beltran set the team record for home runs by a centerfielder. Today, the every Flushing starter hit safely, and our 19 hits for the game were the most we've had all season. Today, the Braves--who made a flurry of now-irrelevant trade deadline deals last week and into this weekend--were left for dead in the NL East for the first time in a decade and a half.
Sure, there were minuses for the Mets: Tom Glavine, it seems, hasn't thrown a decent start since before the All-Star break. OK, well that's the only minus I took away today.
Besides the Old Goat's falters, we looked like a team determined to exorcise ghosts this entire weekend, and we did just that, with aplomb. Beltran made a personal statement, it seemed, with 12 RBIs and 4 home runs in the series, in the process playing himself into the MVP race not only for the team this year, but also the National League.
So sleep well tonight, Mets fans. Get plenty of rest. We'll all need that energy come October.
BBPOTS Player of the Game Saturday: Carlos Beltran
BBPOTS Player of the Game Sunday: Carlos Beltran
Here’s some brilliance.
*Friday night, Keith said he had been to the Daytona 500 a few years back and hadn’t been to a NASCAR race since.
*Keith rightly pointed out that kids don’t come up through the minors being taught to use level swings anymore. There’s a lot of ballyhoo about little-leaguer friendly ballparks in the
*‘They have a name for everything these days,’ said Keith, commenting on a Adam LaRouche’s ADD. I agree completely. If Bobby Cox can’t free his hands long enough to get his players to man up and play baseball, they deserve to be less popular than grown men in pajamas driving in circles.
*Keith was right on the money, saying Jose Reyes runs out every ground ball. It’s true. He does. While Yankee fans are wont to try to apply Keegan-esque ‘no dancing’ policies to keep The Boss alive on his death bed, Mighty Mex’s perspective is the right one. Go watch your third baseman kick the ball around.
*The Braves play ‘Thank God I’m a Country Boy’ during the seventh inning stretch. SNY cameras immediately caught thousands of family members at Turner Field making out with each other.
N.B: Some bloggers like to refer to Keith as ‘Mex.’ I don’t. not only is it insensitive to the brave men and women who defy southern hatemongers to cross the Rio Grande, but I believe it was Chi Chi Rodriguez’ nickname first. Oh, speaking of Chi Chi…
BBPOTS METS FAN OF THE WEEK: Chi Chi Rodriguez
I remember that save Armando Benitez blew in a late summer game to the D-Backs four years ago. A Benitez blown save was pretty routine then, but that one moment propelled the Metropolitans on down the road to irrelevance for a few years.
Well, Braves fans finally have such a moment of their own to relish, as a strike-em-out-throw-em-out double play sealed a Mets sweep today in
Another division title has been a long time coming, so let’s just keep an eye on the magic number counter, cause when it hits 1, that’s the next meaningful game we’re gonna play for a long time.
Let’s be very clear: The Braves shitting themselves like a 2-year-old with food poisoning is good for baseball. These ‘people’ propelled George Bush into the White House and are thus responsible for the deaths of more than 2,000 brave men and women in
But don’t worry. If they had any teeth, we just knocked them out.