Let's Be Frank: K Rod Is the Goods

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IJune 9, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 14:  Francisco Rodriguez  #75 of the New York Mets celebrates after defeating the San Francisco Giants during a Major League Baseball game on May14, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Finally! Finally! Finally!!

The Mets have a REAL relief pitcher!

Yes, they do! Really!

Francisco Rodriguez (known to some as K-Rod) has swept in and quelled the Mets' nearly quarter-century bullpen drought.

After being tortured by John Franco (I don't care how many saves he has—please), Armando Benitez, Braden Looper and Billy Wagner, Met fans can finally watch the ninth inning of a game without covering their face.

This kid came here with high expectations and he has delivered. Unfortunately, the team is having a rocky year leaving his heroics to be somewhat overshadowed.

Tonight at Citi Field, in a game where the Johan Santana was knocked around by division-leading Philadelphia, the Mets fought their way to a 6-5 lead. 

In the top of the ninth, Jimmy Rollins led off with a single off Rodriguez, but then "K-Rod" drew the line with two ground outs and a strikeout to end the ballgame.

With his fists raised to the sky in front of the thundering Met faithful, Rodriguez provided the recently sullen Mets a huge shot in the arm. 

They are alive!

A relief pitcher. Yup, we finally got us one.