I should probably give credit where it is due.
Back in 1998, I attended a game at Camden Yards that went into extra innings. It was Orioles vs. Mariners. These were the days of Cal Ripken (my fave), Robbie Alomar (when he was good), Rafael Palmiero (when he was juicing and pointing at everyone else), and Brady Anderson (all of the above). Who was in the bullpen that day? None other than former Met hero, Jesse Orosco.
But I was amazed. I mean, I had no reason to hate on Jesse. But the Oriole fans who are normally complacent did. When he came into the game, the fan behind me started to yell something that I would recycle throughout the years to come.
"JUST FORFEIT!!!!!! JUST FORFEIT THE GAME!!!!!!"
I liked it immediately. I decided to take it as my own. Turns out I would have plenty of ammunition over the years. Two years ago, it was Scott Schoeneweis (which I do feel pretty bad about now, but fine). I used it the other night with Metsgrrl. She liked it so much that she Tweeted it yesterday, giving credit to me. I feel bad, because had I known this fan, I would have definitely given him credit.
But I recycled it myself yesterday. While I should have been waving the white flag with the rest of the Mets fanbase earlier in the season, I had until this point refused to give up the slightest bit of hope. Well, dear two readers, it's come to just that.
Four out of our four top star-every-day-players on the DL - Check.
All-star set-up man who used to be bullet proof closer has surgery, goes on DL, but should be shut down for season - Check.
Homegrown young pitcher who is supposed to answer our prayers strains hammy on a routine play, out for the season - Check.
Former enemy who quickly grows on Mets fan base misses game due to injury for first time in career - Check.
Another pitcher goes on DL. Did I mention he was out last season too? - Check.
The $36 million over three-years Million-dollar-arm ten-cent-head-case pitcher loses mind, again - Check.
Our former All-Star Closer waives no-trade clause, thereby eliminating any hope that we have to look forward to any young talent coming through from the Sox organization - Check.
Now our last hope, the reason we keep going to games gets scratched from his next start, and now we are talking about shutting him down. - Check.
Why not? I mean, this season is washed out anyway. Bring up the young guys. And let's look to 2010.
Has there ever been a team just forfeit the season? Cause honestly, I don't know if I can stand the E-list team playing. Sure, it's the D-team. But the E-team, just unbearable.
In the meantime, join us in drowning our sorrows at Two Boots Tavern for an Amazin' Tuesday tonight. I should be there, providing I don't blow out my knees or something. FORFEIT!!!