I’m new to this blogging thing and don’t want to have improper etiquette…..but I stumbled across this and wanted to share.
Ladies and gentlemen, as we welcome the team formerly known as the New York Baseball Giants into Shea Stadium, we are reminded of the links the Mets share with their forebear whose history is all too often overlooked when discussing the development of baseball as our national pastime and our Metropolitan passion. Look no further than the orange NY the Mets wear on their caps to understand that the road to Shea Stadium truly wound through the Polo Grounds, and that road began to take shape long before 1962. It dates to the 19th century and wraps around names like John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, Bill Terry, Carl Hubbell, Mel Ott and Monte Irvin to name just a few of the New York Giant greats. Yes, the Mets and Giants, as the only two National League entries to explicitly represent the City of New York on a going basis, can be said to have sprouted from the same family tree.
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The Mets have this wonderful habit of getting stars from other teams. Vince Coleman, Bobby Bonilla, even Tom “Cylon” Glavine. I’m here to expose Pedro.
Pedro draws my wrath for several reasons including not being at Opening Day 2008. Apparently “Pedro being Pedro” has a flexible schedule, and also doesn’t require winning any clutch games.
In 2005, his first season as a Met, Martinez posted a 15-8 record with a 2.82 ERA, 208 strikeouts, and a league-leading 0.95 WHIP. It was his sixth league WHIP title, and the fifth time that he led the Major Leagues in the category. Opponents batted .204 against him. Great! They finished third with a whopping 83 wins! That’s three fewer than the legendary 1976 Mets that you can’t name five players on.
Martinez started the 2006 season at the top of his game. At the end of May, he was 5-1 with a 2.50 ERA. Great! This guy is 20 and 9 as a Met! Awesome right? Let’s take it from here.
Beginning on June 6, Martinez went 4-7 with a 7.10 ERA in a series of spotty starts interrupted twice by stays on the disabled list. The Mets went to the playoffs without him.
2007? The right-hander went 3-1 in five starts with a 2.57 ERA. But his last start was a crucial 3-0 loss to St. Louis in the final week of the 2007 Mets’ historic collapse.
2008? 4 innings.
So since June 6, 2006 this guy is 7 and 5. Whoopdedoo. He’s 27-17 as a Met. He has won 7 more games than Tom Seaver since June 2006. Maine is 22-16. Perez is 17-13.
As the Mets were winning a nice crisp game, the crowd became obsessed with the Yankees. There were several “Yankees Suck” chants. Why? Why are you concerned about them?
Is it the way they import stars from other teams? is it their better record? Is it that they are getting a new stadium? Is it that they couldn’t win their division last year? Is it that they have a former Yankee managing them?
I’m not sure what qualifies as sucking but they are the only team to win a World Series at Shea in 20 years. Learn from Boston. The Yankees own the past, there is nothing you can do. Win some championships and things change. Anyone who was around in the mid 80’s knows how fast the front-runners will come to Flushing.
A nice enjoyable 5-2 win last night with my favorite (current) Met on the mound, John Maine.
The Mets are claiming 46,106 attended this game. Try 15,000. I was there. I can’t find any pictures of the empty mezz and uppers, but a friend was there and he had a camera. I’ll try to get a reality check.
Heard around the uppers: people selling parts of their season plans, a discussion of “value” vs “bronze”, escalator theories, and criticism of Willie’s Pagan comments.