Down in Houston, where the Brew crew will be playing tonight, Willie Randolph must be laughing. Remember it was Willie’s fault the Mets collapsed.
It was Willie’s fault that the Mets weren’t playing fundamental baseball? In a move to put the “dam fun” back into fundamentals, Willie was fired in the middle of the night after a victory.
Now I’m wondering where those fundamentals went.
Look, I’m a Yankees fan and I don’t mind seeing the Mets look like blubbering fools, but seriously, last night's game was an embarrassment.
They committed two errors in the bottom of the 11th that cost them the game. Ryan Church missed the bag at third costing them a run, for crying out loud! How do you miss a bag?
Then there’s the money quote from Church. He said, “I just feel terrible. I mean, touching the bag is a simple thing to do. But obviously, I didn’t. I think it might have turned the momentum a little bit.”
Really Ryan? Do you think that costing your team a run in extra innings might be a little momentum turning? Just a little? Imagine if he cost them something that was really important in baseball, what might he have said then?
In the bottom of the inning, the Mets outfield turned into a comedy of errors. The infield ensured the fun would not continue by throwing wildly past home plate.
As the Dodgers erupted in celebration, it was time for the Mets leaders to stand up and take responsibility. Maybe call the team out, and talk about bearing down their focus for tomorrow.
Which is exactly what Carlos Beltran did, or not. Instead Beltran does a beautiful job of illustrating why I’m glad he’s not on any team I cheer for. “I called for the ball like six times,” Beltran said. “But Pagan stood in the middle and I couldn’t put my glove on the ball. On a ball like that, I have priority. If Pagan would have called for that ball, my job is to get out of the way. He’s been in center field before, so he knows that when the center fielder calls for the ball, everyone has to get out of the way.”
Way to be a class act there, Carlos. Yes sir, you’re not going to throw anyone under the bus. Way to be a leader. Way to protect your teammates. There is certainly no selfishness there at all in your words.
The bottom line is that this is the type of game that can come back to haunt you later in the season. This is the type of game that breaks teams. It can cause them to stumble for the rest of the season.
It doesn’t matter who the manager is, this team simply does not have the mental toughness to finish a season out. At best, this season will be another of unfulfilled potential and ultimate despair. At worst, last night's game will lead to a team meltdown that will be entertaining to watch. Either way, it’s time to dismantle this team and start over.
The Mets will not be able to compete in the heat of August. They don't have any real leadership that will be able to steer the ship through the rough waters that are sure to be coming.
Sure, the actual plot will look a little different, but this year's Mets will have the same story as the last few years.