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The big 5-5 and the Mets

Posted by keithosaunders on August 25, 2015

Today I turned 55.  That’s right, double nickels.  The NY Mets were extremely generous, giving me an eight home run game last night and enough optimism to last until October.

I can’t recall a baseball season in which a team’s personality changed on a dime.  If you look back not even a month to July 29th — that’s when Wilmer Flores learned, in the middle of that night’s game, that he was being traded – you’ll see an entirely different team.  One that could not hit to save their lives.  Their pitching was elite (still is) but their lack of hitting made them extremely beatable.

During the July 29th game the cameras captured Flores crying and it looked like it was a new low for the Mets.  The Mets had not yet bottomed out, however.  The very next day they blew a 6 run lead to the Padres at home in the rain.  They were three games behind the Nationals and going nowhere.  I was actually rationalizing the season with an early post-mortem.   “Well they gave me much more competitive four months than I expected…”

And then…CESPEDES.

Who would have thought it possible?  He is the kind of gamer that the Mets almost never get.  Hell, they’re still paying Bobby Bonilla a yearly salary.

Wouldn’t you know it, given a new lease on life Wilmer Flores won two games versus the Nationals.  The Mets swept the series and have gone on to feast on the bottom-dwelling Rockies, Marlins, and Phillies.  True, they were swept by the Pirates, but this humble birthday boy is writing that off as a blip on the radar screen.

The shit’s about to get real.  Fasten your seat belts!

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2 Responses to “The big 5-5 and the Mets”

  1. Believe me a lot of us in Philly are in awe of how the Mets have turned it around and built a team that should be more than just competitive for years. The Bobby Bo reference was a classic. Congrats on 55. I’m two years past but remember it fondly…well…most of it I remember…

    • Hmm…two years from your 55th birthday and you remember *most* of it. Doesn’t bode well for me!

      Even though I’m a Mets fan I’ve kind of always liked the Phillies. (except for when you were beating us! I never like Hamels) I really liked the teams of the late 70s and early 80s that had Schmidt, Luzinski, and all those ex-Cubs.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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