This title is in honor of Mr. Coop’s -- whoops, my bad, Sass Dawg's -- very “clever” rally cry for Ambiorix Burgos or more aptly the “AmBurglar.” And btw, Mike, weren’t the “fry guys” blue and orange?
Anyway, as you all know, the Mets won the Shea home opener, the second to last home opener at the grand dame. Oh hell, who am I kidding, the purple toilet bowl. But in true Mets fashion, it was not without incident.
But first let me discuss the crowd mood. First, when the Phillies were introduced, even the trainer was booed relentlessly. Even worse, whenever they would announce a name like “equipment manager for the Phillies, Joe Schmoe,” the crowd would yell “SUCK!” after each name was read. It didn’t matter if it was Charlie Manuel or Joe Schmoe, all Phils were equally hated. Metstradamus would be proud.
But most interestingly would be a.) how the Mets would react to Cole “Hamel-toe” (courtesy of SassDawg) and b.) how Jimmy Rollins would perform.
Well, all I can say is thank goodness for some breaks in simple fielding errors and the travesty that is the Phils bullpen. Because if not for that, the whole lay out of the game was reminiscent of a Mets game in 2006 – with what used to be the Mets on the winning end, now the Phils.
Some points to note:
~ Someone (I believe Bookie D) related that on Saturday, he questioned Willie’s decision to leave Glavine in. Yes, I know the dude is on his way to win 300, but he obviously didn’t have his best stuff on Saturday, yet he probably said he was game for it. Like I said about Oh Pea the other night, no reason to keep the dude in if he’s struggling or underlying factors like the extreme cold or the first freaking games of the season.
Well, today I felt that way with John Maine. When it came time for his turn in the line up, after he kept getting behind in the count, backing himself into several corners but working himself out, Willie didn't have a pinch hit -- complete with men on base and 2 outs. Like Glavine, it was obvious John Maine didn’t have his best stuff today. Although the game turned out in the Mets favor, there was no way to tell this at that point.
~ AmBurglar looked like he was on his way to having another stellar outing. Although, why do they not intentionally walk Ryan Howard at that point? I mean, OK, the dude wasn’t having his best day at the plate, but it doesn’t matter—he still scares the bejeezus out of pitchers. No shame in walking him to load the bases for the force out. Of course, he jacks a 3-run HR, and it still hasn’t landed. In any case, 20.20 hindsight, it didn’t matter anyway. Again, we didn’t know.
~ I love Joe Smith.
~ Oh yeah, Jimmy “The Team to Beat” Rollins did not back his claims up himself either. What I feel is interesting is that if a team representative talks smack (see: Larry Fine in the 1999 playoffs), that representative should at least walk the walk. Needless to say, Rollins was taunted MISERABLY after he goofed on what should have been at the very least a fielders choice and best case scenario a double-play. If you heard the game on the FAN, you probably heard our taunts. It was pretty bad.
~ And in another element of irony, Billy Wagner did not make it interesting in the 9th. Well done, sandman!
All in all, April 10, 2007, at Shea Stadium was a steal for the Mets. This was a game they could have easily lost and called it a day. A few misplays by the Phils defense, lucky breaks here and there, and a turn around day for Big Carlos Delgado, the Mets certainly showed one team was the team to beat. Robble, robble, indeed.
Coop fans, I will not be posting on Tuesday but checking in periodically for comments. Please, don't cry! I realize I've hardly had a day off since I started this little hobby. But will be back on Wednesday for my obligatory Oh Pea worship.