CRYSTAL BLUE AND ORANGE PERSUASION

Look over yonder/what do you see?

The sun is a risin/most definitely  

Maybe all those who jumped off the Mets bandwagon will end up like a European tourist stuck at JFK, while those of us who stick by our team, through good times and bad, in pulled hamstrings and very rare good health till death or utter disgust do us part, can feel a little better about our favorite baseball team. It was more than the debut of Ike Davis that has put a spring in my Mets fan step this morning, maybe it was the opponent, the Cubbies, Sweet Lou Pinella, whose every day personality was similar to an Icelandic volcano has turned docile. This is Pinella’ last season on his managerial contract and he’s acting like a guy who is ready to go back to Florida and hit the Golden Corral for the 4PM early bird special. It’s kind of sad to see the man who once as a player for the Highlanders challenged Earl Weaver and the whole Baltimore Oriole dugout to a fist fight turn into a guy hoping Walgreen’s is open late so he can pick up his Flomax prescription.

Sure the marquee story today is Ike Davis and how nice is it to see a Met on the back page of the newspaper this morning and word to the Highlander fan, your team did not invent the shaving cream pie to the face, that ritual is as old as Yogi Berra’s tired stupid sayings, and besides A.J. Burnett started his pro baseball career with the Mets so he could have learned that skill way back then. I know most of you Highlander fans didn’t know Burnett was once a Mets farmhand. Most self-centered blowhards never look beyond what’s in front of them. (as I type this I’m listening to Beningno and Roberts first call they take is a Highlander fan who went to the Mets game last night and claimed he wore his Highlander cap to the game and was impressed by Ike. It just proves my theory that Highlander fans will drop their allegiance to their team in a Manhattan minute when things go sour and jump on the Mets bandwagon.  You Highlander fans who troll this site know I’m right. The Highlanders biggest fear is not the Red Sox, it’s the Mets. That’s why that fan base loves to ridicule us and act the fools that they are because of fear, they fear that someday the light switch in Flushing will go on and the Mets will become a contending team and take over the town. It will happen. There are far more Highlander fans that go to Mets game than vice versa and you don’t need to interrogate  them a la Jack Bauer for them to tell you our ball park is where the cool kids hang out unlike their shrine to pomposity)

Jon Niese showed what the “spit tobacco juice in a cup” baseball guys like to say, a lot of bulldog. When a pitcher has all his pitches working and is in command for most of the games, fans go overboard with praise but for me when a youngster like Niese pitches a game where he gets into jams, doesn’t panic and gets out of those situation more on the plus side and not, that is the true test of a big league pitcher. Niese threw a lot of pitches in a limited amount of innings but he threw strikes, got more ground balls than fly balls and only three line drives.

Angel Pagan has done the only thing that could stop J-Man from using GMJ, he has produced at a high level. Hopefully it continues as Carlos Beltran is off to Colorado to get his knee checked and even if he comes back with a positive report I doubt we’ll see him back until after the All-Star break.

Welcome back Jason Bay

Sure I’m overly giddy today after last night’s game, I don’t apologize for it and your right it most likely is a premature ejaculation of optimism but I just hope our baseball season started last night. Mets fans just want to have fun!!!!!

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  1. Please let’s have a little more respect for us Flomax users.

  2. Fred Wilpon says:

    “….someday the light switch in Flushing will go on and the Mets will become a contending team and take over the town. It will happen.”

    Not while I own this team.

    Not while my son owns this team.

  3. kranepool says:

    oooooops sorry Jim !

  4. I think you’re halfway right about the HL fans worried about the Mets taking over the town. The older ones are because they’ve seen it happen. Between 1965 and 1995, the Mets and the HLs were essentially the same team going through different periods of up and down. For the majority of that time NY was a Mets town, except the 77-82 post-Seaver dark times.

    The young fans will probably have to see it to believe it could be so.

  5. I’ve been saying that all along. Thanks for posting it, Steve. The Highlander fan says “we have 27. They have 2. Why is the city 50/50, (or 55/45 Highlander, I’m being generous here). How come it isn’t proportional championships/attention?” The Met fan says, “we humiliate ourselves, and we still draw over 3 million. Them? They’re just like kids on a plane, loud, obnoxious, and have to be told to shut up (or sent to their room without the playoffs, like 2008).

    The day will come when they win 85 or fewer. My guess is that year, they don’t crack 2 million. The ostentatious palace will be vacant, and Hank will whine and ask why the public has forgotten his team.

  6. Originally Posted By RichI’ve been saying that all along. Thanks for posting it, Steve. The Highlander fan says “we have 27. They have 2. Why is the city 50/50, (or 55/45 Highlander, I’m being generous here). How come it isn’t proportional championships/attention?” The Met fan says, “we humiliate ourselves, and we still draw over 3 million. Them? They’re just like kids on a plane, loud, obnoxious, and have to be told to shut up (or sent to their room without the playoffs, like 2008).

    The day will come when they win 85 or fewer. My guess is that year, they don’t crack 2 million. The ostentatious palace will be vacant, and Hank will whine and ask why the public has forgotten his team.

    Good Afternoon Rich,

    How are you, babe?

    The Shake Shackers can rise from the ashes of Flushing but remember this pal: THE WORLD CHAMPIONS will hold bragging rights in this town until you reverse the 2000 World Series. (I’m not holding my breath.)

    I do wish Ike Davis a prosperous career as a Pepsi Porcher. He’ll do very well once he trims his sideburns a bit. As for that doo raged insect at short…..

  7. Steve,

    I know I said it before, but I really feel like a light went on for this team after the drubbing in the first game in Colorado. After that they played tough, lost tough to two of the best teams in the NL (along with Philly).

    The pitching is the key. Streaks like Bay’s will come and go, but if the pitchers can perform this team will win a lot more than most people – including us – anticipated. Unfortunately, I still think that Maine & Perez are unlikely to perform. I can only see carrying one of those two.

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