Tuesday, July 2, 2013

What a Way to Finish/Start a Day

It was 12:25. In today's morning.

Cody Ross had put the D'Backs up by 1 in the top of the 13th with a solo shot.

But Josh Satin kept hope alive with a 1 out double to the right-center gap. Manager Kirk Gibson then called for the intentional walk to a struggling John Buck to get to a pinch-hitting Matt Harvey.

Most of us were freaking out that Terry Collins called for not only his best-hitting pitcher but a generally solid hitter to move the runners over with a bunt, wasting an out but putting the winning run in scoring position. 

Now, though, with 2 out. 

It was for pure selfish reasons that most of us just wanted to see Matt Harvey end the game with a double to the gap.

Kirk Gibson then loaded the bases, having pitcher Josh Collmenter walk Omar Quintanilla, who had had some pretty good at-bats over the course of the evening.

It was one of those games where the Mets wasted so many opportunities  (20 LOB in "only" 14 innings) Metsian logic dictated to us that it wasn't going to end with a W.

But at 12:28, any complaining any of us were doing via twitter or other outlets evaporated, as Andrew Brown came through with a huge liner to the gap, ending the evening/beginning the morning victorious over a 1st place team, albeit one who is now there with a 42-40 record.

Since Tuesday, however, is my '73 recap day over on Rising Apple, it's just a reminder us Mets fans know a thing or two about winning divisions with modest records.

Now, let me self-indulge a bit, for yesterday I had the privilege of not only interviewing the official Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger, who was a pleasure to talk to about Dem Bums, but the legendary talk-show host Larry King as well. 

I can't thank both enough for their role in kick-starting the Bedford & Sullivan podcast.

And, hey, to tie it all together, Larry's beloved Dodgers, who had an off-day, are now only 3.5 games out of 1st place with the Mets walkoff win.


Enjoy the day everybody.


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