After watching last night Mets win against the San Diego Padres all I can say is WOW ! If this Mets team were a Black Sabbath album it would be ” Never Say Die !” Just when you think that they have been buried and left for dead they come back like Lazarus from the grave and like the old Man from ” Monty Python’s And The Holy Grail ” – they ain’t dead yet ! In fact they are feeling quite better !
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Mets had won consecutive games where they have to overcome a a two-run deficit in the eight inning or later, you would have to go back to April 24th and 25th against the San Francisco Giants in 1965 ! Last night marked their 25th come from behind win of the year, as well as it being the 11th time they won in their last at-bat !
As of last night standings, the Mets are in fourth place in the Wild Card standings. The trail the Wild Card leading Braves by nine games, the Arizona Diamondbacks by five and a half games and the Cardinals by four and a half games. The Mets have 47 games remaining, and I do admit making up nine games against a tough team such as the Braves- as well as leapfrogging both the Diamondbacks and the Cardinals will not be a easy task.
But this team has tackled adversity. K-rod is gone ? – NO PROBLEM ! Carlos Beltran has been traded – Meh ! Jason Bay and David Wright has picked up the offence ! Daniel Murphy is out for the season, and Jose Reyes may be sidelined for 2 weeks ? That is a problem but so far the trio of Lucas Duda, Justin Turner and Ruben Tejada have filled in adequately enough !
Am I saying that the Mets will be able to overcome steep odds to make the postseason ? Well we know that the Phillies have all but but a bow on the Eastern Division, and the three teams ahead of us are formidable foes, but there is an outside chance that the Mets can pull this off. They still have games left against all three teams so it is possible as unlikely as it seems- that once the smoke clears the Mets could finish at the top of the Wild Card Standings.
And deep down inside I know it is a pipe dream , but in the immortal words of Tug McGraw, YA GOTTA BEELIEEVE !!!
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Today would have marked the 88th birthday for Pete Gebrian (1923).You may ask who he was. Well Pete was the Mets Director of Minor League Operations from ’75-’79, and their Director of scouting in 1980. He passed away in 2005.
Mets outfielder from ’65-’67, Johnny Lewis is 72(1939) .
Reserve outfielder from the ’04 and ’05 seasons, Gerald Williams is 45 (1966).
Mets reserve outfielder (damn we’ve had a lot of those !) from the ’90 and ’91 seasons, Chuck Carr is 44 (1967) .
Sadly on this date in 1990, Cookie Lavagetto – the Mets original first base coach, passed away. Cookie was a popular pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, but he made his mark in Mets folklore when Casey Stengel went out to argue with the umpires after Marv Throneberry was called out for not touching second base after hitting a triple . Cookie told Casey ” Don’t bother – he didn’t touch first either !”
The New York Mets purchased the contract of reserve outfielder, Jermaine Allensworth from the Kansas City Royals on August 10, 1998.
The New York Mets released reserve outfielder, Jeff Duncan on August 10, 2005. He was their seventh round pick from the ’00 draft.
There are whispers that there will be a remake of “Blazing Saddles” ! Rumor has it that Mo Vaughn is up for the role of “MONGO” !!!!