Praying to The Baseball Gods
This is it. One Game. Possibly two. One last shot at redemption. Today, Johan and Fukudome saved us and made Sunday meaningful. Can Ollie do it? He certainly showed in 2006 that he could take the pressure, but a Met fan has to ask themselves, which Ollie is going to show up? The guy who kept us in the game in Game 7 of the LCS in 2006? The guy who owns the Yankees? Or, possibly, the guy who has been rattled by teams like Washington and Florida? I do hope it isn't the latter, since our potential last game is against Florida.
Jerry is right. Tomorrow can't be a two-run game. Our bats need to be hotter. In the sixties, early seventies, and again in the late nineties the Mets had the starting pitching, bullpen and defense to make a 1-0 game hold. These are not the same Mets. We don't have a Tug McGraw, a Johnny Franco, a Jesse Orosco or a Turk Wendell in that bullpen. I truly believe that if Billy Wagner hadn't gone down it would be the folks in New York celebrating a division title right now, not the irascible fans in Philly. Not to get on Philly, because we are certainly known for getting on our own team (who exactly was booing Johan back in May???) However, the Philly fans even boo their best players when they're doing well. They treated Wagner like crap, and he came to us. They treated manager Terry Francona like he had the plague and he's now got one more ring than the Phillies have ever had.
I just hope I have a happy article to write tomorrow. And no disrespect to the fans in Milwaukee, but I hope they're crying in their excellent beer tomorrow evening. 'Cause I think we can beat the Cubbies in a five game series.
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