Last night was such a beautiful night for baseball. It was a prototypical summer day in Flushing. The smell of charcoal grilled hot dogs and hamburgers filled the air. The sound of beer cans opening permeated the Citi Field parking lot. Dads and sons played catch while evading cars that were searching for parking spots.
You would think that would make this die hard Mets fans happy. Yeah on any other day it would – except that the majority of these rites of summer were carried out by troglodyte Phillie Phans !!!
I met up with Real Dirty reader Joe Guerrera and a couple of his friends to watch what until the top of the eigth inning was in my opinion a good Mets game.
Mike Pelfrey was as close to dominant as he has been this season, only giving up one run on a handful of hits. But as we have recently seen the bullpen – whether it is due to overuse or just bad match ups, coughed up the lead.
I could almost accept this fate if it was against almost any other team ( Yankees also fit into this category). However you forget when you play the Phillies these days , you also have to deal with their unwashed and uncouth fans. Like locusts they descend upon Citi, rubbing our noses that their team is in first place, that our owner has recently contracted foot in mouth disease.
Look I am not expecting these fans to be the second coming of Pirates fans – fans that are usually polite and quite friendly. No we have the beer soaked , scrapple smelling , bottom feeders of the National League treating our home turf as it was their own.
I estimated that there was about 37,000 fans in attendance last night. It seemed like 80% were Phillies fans, and that’s just wrong !!
If you are a fan of the Orange and Blue you should have been there last night. I know that it is growing more apparent by the day that the Wild Card is an unreachable goal, but for our home field to be overridden by Phillies fans is inexcusable !!!
I know this is some kind of payback from all the years of Phillies Phutility when our fans invaded the Vet – but from what I have always been told from people that visited during those games, Mets fans were not the obnoxious ones in attendance.
And after the last out was recorded last night and I walked back to my car – I saw a Philly fan puking by The Casey Stengel V.I.P entrance.
And I thought to myself – ” Stay classy Philly – STAY CLASSY !!”
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include:
Mets middle reliever from ’80-’81, Dyar Miller is 65 (1946).
Middle reliever from the ’97 team, Toby Borland is 42 (1969).
The New York Mets signed free agent Gary Gentry on May 29, 1975. This was Gary’s second go round with the Mets. It was a comeback attempt that didn’t end well. He was sent down to the Mets AAA affiliate in Tidewater, but Gary couldn’t ever regain his old form. He was released by the Mets less that a month later.
In what I consider one of the worst trades in Mets history that is never mentioned – the New York Mets traded fastball hurling relief pitcher, Jeff Reardon and reserve outfielder, Dan Norman to the Montreal Expos for outfielder, Ellis Valentine on May 29, 1981. It was apparent from the day he came to Flushing that Ellis didn’t want to be a Met. He quickly bolted the team via free agency that winter and as we all know Jeff Reardon became one of the most dominant relief pitchers of his generation .
The New York Mets traded utility infielder, Al Pedrique and minor league outfielder, Scott Little to the Pittsburgh Pirates for utility man, Bill Almon on May 29, 1987. This was Bill’s second ( and last) tour of duty with the Mets.
The New York Mets signed free agent spot starter/middle reliever, Brandon Knight on May 29, 2008. Knight was mediocre to say the least. He is best remembered as being a member of the ’08 U.S.A Olympic baseball team.
I am starting to think that Ryan Howard is the love child of Mo Vaughn and the late Nell Carter !!