As I sat at Shea Stadium last night there was a familiar smell in the air. Something that reminded me of the past, and a bright future to come.
The smell of the past was not the old timers that came out to celebrate Jets Night, but instead it was the stench of victory.
Being there last night, I think every fan in attendance could feel it. Suddenly the Mets were competing, and doing it in ways that have troubled them so much in the past.
There was a lot of talk over the past weekend that the Mets had "turned things around." There was some credit to this. They took 3 of 4 from a Phillies team that's pitching staff resembles a AAA staff.
To me, the real test would be keeping it going. I know its bad to say this because on my luck they will get shut out tonight, but I believe that beating the Phillies in the way they did was step 1. Step 2 would be returning home and keeping up the momentum.
What better way to start your home-stand than to throw the Mets June 2008 Pitcher of the Month (announced at Shea last night), Mike Pelfrey to the mound against the hottest pitcher in the National League, "the freak," Tim Lincecum.
Tim leads the league in strikeouts, and was named to his first All Star game. So of course Mets fans thought they new what was coming, what had been the whole season. The term "you win some you lose some," suddenly came to mind as the ups and downs of the season seemed to be as predictable as anything.
In order for the Mets to really get their season fired up they would need to take down "the freak," and keep their winning streak rolling.
In the first inning Pelfrey was untouched, even after allowing a few runners on base. The bottom of the first did not go as well for Lincecum. He gave up a 3-Run Home shot to Carlos Beltran.
To those of you not at the game, i'm not sure how this home-run came across on SNY. Let me be the first to say that it was like watching the ball drop in Times Square on New Years Eve. It seemed to be in the air forever, and finally when it dropped, Shea went crazy.
Of course the game moved along with the Mets tagging the Giants staff for a total of 7 runs, while Pelfrey gave up only 3 hits over the course of 7 innings. Scott Schoenweiss and Joe Smith pitched the final two innings, and the Mets had their 4th win in a row.
I think that the page has finally turned, and man, it took long eneough. Since the collapse, there has been a new Ace, a new Manager, and finally, a new energy infused into this talented team.
I have said it before in articles (even writing an entire one on the subject) and I will say it again. Regardless of the start the Mets have had, they are still the team to beat in the National League.