Saturday, April 25, 2015

Their Mlicki Game

Once upon a time, at the dawn of interleague play, a man rose to shut down the defending champion Yankees in the very first regular season Subway Series game of all time.

The Mets lost the next two.

Nobody remembers that.

And in this new age of New York baseball, when Yankee fans look back at the dawn of this new era, they'll remember fondly how the other New York team came into their stadium looking to break their winning streak record with their defending Rookie of the Year on the mound, and got knocked around 6-1.

They'll casually brush over how the Mets took the next two.

We'll look back at when the 2015 New York Mets started a new streak.


Friday, April 24, 2015

Turn That Knob Up

I'll spare you the Spinal Tap references that I, and countless others, made yesterday after the Mets tied a club record with 11 straight games. By now, with the Subway Series looming, we all know there's another place we can turn the knob up to. The technology has improved in amps since the last time the Mets cranked it up to 11, which they've done 4 other times. They've increased the volume, and we can turn it up more.

Let's not stop here. Let's get louder.

Let's show this city, and this country, who's time it is.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Just Keep the Line Moving

That seems to be the mantra of the 2015 New York Mets.

Whether it be the offense through the batting order, including the pitcher's spot, just continuing to make contact and wear down the pitcher and his defense, or the day-to-day's starting pitcher trying to one-up the last day's guy, that is how the 2015 New York Mets are going about their business.

Just Keep the Line Moving.

And that includes the line moving to the depth we have because of injuries.

Kevin Plawecki, a Westfield, Indiana, native, slid perfectly into the starting catcher's spot in his Major League Debut, collecting 2 hits and scoring his first 2 runs as a Big Leaguer.. Who knows what will happen once d'Arnaud is ready to come back, but you know what? I don't care. And neither does Kevin, nor Travis. Nor the 2015 New York Mets.

All we care about is winning.
What a refreshing world to live in.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Well, If the Mets Fan Incarnate Has Been Born Again...

...then there must be something to all this.

Yesterday, for the 2nd #HarveyDay of the year, and one where our ace was feeling under the weather, the place was once again rocking, and it did especially when it was dire. Two vital players had gone down in the 7th inning, and the Marlins were bearing down, having cut the lead to 1, it now being the 9th and a runner on. I will admit, it was the most Metsian angst I had had all week, though it wasn't in 2010 form, or '11, '12, '13, or '14 form. As Greg Prince, whom I like to call the Mets Fan Incarnate, said on Faith and Fear in Flushing when the winning streak had only reached 6, this feels different:

"You can draw parallels and comparisons with previous seasons and their encouraging beginnings. You can project out from the best of the past anything you want. Yet I’m not tempted to. I’ve spent most of my existence keeping close tabs on this franchise and I’m telling you: this feels different.  
I feel equally untethered to the unrelenting sour times of the recent past and the occasionally glorious times of the distant past, and I don't mind. I take comfort in knowing it's all back there and that it all informs what we expect and how we react. Trust me, I know where to find it should I need it. This 2015 journey, though, is its own thing: kinda young, kinda now...kinda free, kinda wow."
So, even though everything COULD theoretically fall apart with a runner on and Giancarlo Stanton up with 2 outs, us fans were going to be every bit as confident and involved as every player on the Mets 25-man roster.

It hurt, but we've won 8 straight.
It sucks that I have to say this again, as I did after David Wright went down, but I think this team will once again absorb the blow.
This feels different.
This feels like the 2015 New York Mets.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

More Subdued, but Rising Nonetheless

Citi Field seemed to explode so much the first two days, it needed a night to chill (though with a win as well.)

As it was the first home game I could not attend, back in Two Boots Pizza Hell's Kitchen after my weekend of Monday and Tuesday (will now work every evening through Sunday.) I am sure, though there were 15-20,000 less in the ballpark than the first two games, the fans were loud and having fun with a bit more of a breather than the Mets have been playing with a 6-1 final on the Day of 42.

The Phillies look bad, that is for sure. Who knows when the shoe will drop and someone may take on some more of those contracts, but consider Chase Utley and Cole Hamels as the definites to be moved by July, and who knows which one first. Ryan Howard is as unmovable a contract as I have ever seen. In similar, if not much more extreme fashion, to OUR 1st baseman ankle injury of 2011, the last out of the 2011 NLDS between the Cardinals and the Phillies has deteriorated almost all value from the player. And it's too bad, even if I like striking him out every time.

Now, the team I had been most worried about during the offseason, the Miami Marlins, comes to town for our first meeting of the year. You know what? I'm not worried about anybody from now on. We'll have to get through anybody and everybody if we are to achieve the goal, so bring on the most annoying team the Mets have ever played. No matter who is in those uniforms or what the uniforms look like, the Marlins will always be that pesky asshole who won't stop poking you.

Bring 'em on.
Make it Funky.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Funkin' Out at the Citi on the Eve of 42

Last night, sitting in section 121, I brought somebody who had never been to a baseball game before. Someone who as well didn't know too much about the sport. They come from the world of Rounders, a baseball relative. Man, did they get their fair share of good ol' fashioned New York-American baseball filled fun, after passing by Ebbets Field with them earlier and explaining that a ballteam used to play there, including a certain man named Jackie...

At Citi Field on April 14, 2015, we were loud, we were raucous, rambunctious...there were home runs, there were hit batsmen, there was retaliation, there was a manager ejection...there was cheering, there was shouting, there was shouting loudly at Frenchy, welcoming Mr. Jeff Francouer back for a few games...there were injuries, there were replacements, there was Anthony Recker, a backup catcher/off-the-bench masher, playing at 3rd base, there was David Buchanan of the Phillies becoming Metropolitan Public Enemy #1...

And of course, it was Harvey Day, grinding out the win after admittedly getting fastball heavy on the day he stepped back on the Queens mound for the first time since 2013.

What a first game of baseball to take in.

The atmosphere at Citi Field is changing right before our eyes. Yes, our Captain went down last night, but he made the mature decision he didnt make in 2013 to not try and play through the pain. And what is hopefully for two weeks only, the guys around him who are all of a sudden veterans will pick up the slack. And if he's out longer, I firmly believe that this team won't miss a beat.

One of the things I loved about last night was how the entire stadium started chanting "Terry, Terry..." when he started getting into it with the umpire, and I had never seen us rally around Terry like that before. Many fans, myself EXTREMELY INCLUDED, have been harsh critics of Terry's in-game managing. He of course has been extremely vocal about how confident he and everybody is that the time has come. Last night, you saw, in the flesh, that emotion, the feeling the time has come, manifest itself in Terry and in the fans. Though I've been tough on the guy, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt if they keep grinding it out like this.

The time has come.

Funk out in the Orange and Blue.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Now the Season Can REALLY Begin

I have to say that I've never seen Citi Field like that. Yes, you may have seen that it was a record crowd closing in on 44,000, but the FEELING of the place, seeing how packed it was, hardly any room in the standing room only tix my cuz and I had, THAT was what yesterday's opening day win was all about.

And that double play in the 9th inning that apparently sent chills down Michael Cuddyer's spine? We ALL felt that.
Now, it's time to get the season REALLY underway. Off I am on the 7 to see Matt Harvey take the Citi Field mound for the first time since August 2013. I expect the place to be off the charts excited once I get there. AND...I'm taking someone who's never been to a ballgame their entire LIFE!!!

So, Happy Harvey Day everyone.