You know, if the Mets were just going to lose by one run anyway, why didn't they just blow it in the 9th, as per usual? And it looked that way - based loaded, no outs, Jose Reyes strikes out. You know, as per usual.
Then something magical happened. Marlon (as in Marlon, I looooooooooove you!) Anderson hits a bases clearing double. Then Shirley Beltran comes in and gets another base hit, scoring Marlon. Sweet!
I'm thinking - Wagner comes in bottom of the 9th, this game is done.
Umm...what the fuck? a Pedro Feliciano experiment later (one fucking batter???) and a Jorge Sosa melt-down (plus a David Wright brain fart)...we are back where we fucking were on Tuesday.
1.5 games ahead.
The Phils breathing down our necks. AGAIN. And why aren't the Nationals playing THEM like they played us? HUH???
But riddle me this - why the FUCK wasn't Billy Wagner in there? Yeah yeah, I know. He pitched last night. (edited to add: I heard he was out with back spasms, although i didn't hear that in the game. what a fucking pussy)
But Jorge Sosa of course has been overused lately, we can't use that excuse. He's pitched in pretty much every game the last few series!!
Which leads me to this...
I have a new link up and some of you may think it's a bit "controversial."
But I wouldn't be The Coop without any controversy, so here it is:
Fire Willie. (Also, a special shout out to Blastings! Thrilledge for their interesting take on Manny Acta)
Now, over in my Coop Seal of Approval Links column, I have it listed as Fire Willie? Basically because you know I am not the biggest Willie fan. But I can't exactly say he deserves to be fired yet. I mean, the team has been having mental brain farts. But how much of that is focus. How much of that is feeding off their manager?
But in 2005, I criticized him, but he was new so I gave him a pass.
In 2006, I thought he had it way too easy, but the team was doing well and the players responded to him and everyone told me, this is a good thing.
2007, fool me thrice, shame on me. He is not a good manager. And like Blastings, I wonder, just wonder, where we'd be if Acta had stayed on and became our manager. Because he works with crap, doesn't have nearly the resources Willie has, and still managed to be .500 at home this year. And they are a fourth place team!
I got my postseason tickets yesterday. But like yesterday's game, I'm just not sure they can pull it off. Right now, the way they play...coasting through first 9, scoring a lot of runs in the 9th, then blowing it anyway, is not a championship team.
And you can throw all the case studies in the world at me to say they don't have to dominate.
THE MARLINS ARE MATHEMATICALLY ELIMINATED FROM THE NL EAST. THESE GAMES MEAN NOTHING TO THEM. THEY MEAN SOMETHING TO THE METS. THROW SOMEONE WITH FUCKING BALLS OUT THERE!!!!! ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Stuck on number nine. And if the Mets think they can depend on the Phillies losing to lower their magic number, they have another thing coming. YOU ARE PLAYING TO NOT LOSE, not to WIN. ENOUGH ALREADY.