Well last night the Mets drew first blood against the Yankees is what could be described as a nail biter of a game. I admit that there were times late in the game ( especially during the ninth inning) that I switched channels just in case some poor Met pulled a Luis Castillo . But the Mets prevailed , scraping by to win 2-1 against the big bad Yankees.
I have to admit that I cannot stand inter league play – especially the subway series, but I do admit there was an electricity about last night that I haven’t felt since watching the ’06 version. Turner and Murphy supplied the offense, Jose Reyes was awesome with his defense, Dickey seemed like he was able to find the R.A of ’10 and the bullpen has been lights out .
I have to tip my hat to Freddy Garcia. When he came to Mets spring training in ’09 I thought he was finished. But It is hard to argue that the man has transformed himself from a power pitcher to a finesse pitcher, and I am happy he is finding success – except against the Mets.
It is way to early to say that Turner has a permanent place in the regular everyday line up , but he does in my opinion have a Dave Magadan type of quality to him. He is a blue collar, every man type of player just like Murphy, and of course that is an endearing quality to us Mets fans. The reincarnation of Rusty Staub he may not be, but he can be a productive utility player/ jack of all trades for this team.
Murph, Murph, Murph, this is why we love you . You can be mired in a bad slump but yet, you always seem to come through when the game is on the line – ( TAKE THAT MIKE FRANCESSA !!!)
And of course it is always awesome to see Yankee Stadium silenced when he Mets win on the Yankees home turf !!
Lastly my condolences go out to the family of Randy Poffo A/K/A Randy ” The Macho Man” Savage. You were oneof my favorite wrestlers as a kid ( and the best voice impersonation I can do) . He died way to young (58) but he left an impression on pop culture.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include :
Spot starter/middle reliever from ’72-’76, Hank Webb is 61 (1950).Webb was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1977 for minor league shortstop, Rick Auerbach.
Middle reliever from the ’01 team , Tom Martin is 41 (1970) . He tried to make the Mets staff out of spring training last season , but he didn’t make the cut.
Sadly on this date in 1985, spot starter/middle reliever from the ’63 team, Grover Powell passed away at the age of 45.
The New York Mets released middle reliever, Bartolome Fortunato on May 21, 2006. Unless you might have forgotten, Fortunato was the minor player that the Mets received with Victor ( I can fix him in 15 minutes) Zambrano from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Scott Kazmir.
Mo Vaughn has stocked up on essential food provisions in case the rapture strikes tonight at six p.m. . My Guess is that his cupboards will be bare by 6:15 p.m. !!!!