Suddenly It Feels Like 1968

What’s going on around here? When did the Mets become a resilient team? Is this a flash in the pan or have we reached a point in the season where we thought all was lost but now winning has been found with all are angst to the early part of the season,  were we too blind to see this (Amazin’ Mets how sweet the sound that saved a wretched fan like meeeeeeeeeeeeee……………..)

I’m starting to feel a little bit of a 1968 mojo rising here with the Mets.  6-4 in the last 10 games and winning the last two series against division foes AND bouncing back from late inning loses to win the next game. Usually the walk off loses suffered in Atlanta and Philly would put the Mets in a downward spiral but  the opposite happened.  Don’t tell anyone but that’s what good teams do.

The ’68 vibe comes from the strong personality and even stronger right arm of Matt Harvey. It’s not only the on field presences he has but the legend of Matt Harvey off the field is growing as well. First was the declaration that he was not a fan of the 6 man starting rotation and the tactful way he said it. It’s kind of like when I’m elected to feed our two cats I hate opening up cat food and I make sure everyone in the house knows it but hey, I still feed the little fur balls because they have to eat just like the rest of us. Then there was the Jon Rauch story which was epic and now we have the, I hate the extra day rest and I love the Friday Night Lights of Citi Field   that Harvey let it be known he much rather take on the Nationals this Friday night than Saturday afternoon.  

The Harvey feistiness is starting to rub off on some of the other Mets as well. We have Captain and leading vote getter at 3rd base for the All Star Game David Wright throwing out F-bombs to umpires. We have Jon Niese staring down Terry Collins when he wants the ball to take him out of a game, Juan Lagares in the past week stepping up his game and of course Zack Wheeler turning on the light at the end of the tunnel.    

I really, really don’t like to compare Harvey with Seaver because it’s just not fair to Harvey so soon in his career but he has the same air of confidence that Seaver possessed from the first day he hit NY. First pitch curve for a strike? No problem. Crank a fast ball to triple digits? Watch it wiz by you? Date a super model? Come to #33 baby.  

The best gift Harvey has given Mets fans has been giving us our swagger back on days he pitches. Think about it, the Mets, the lowly, broke ass, can’t get out their way New York Mets, on the day Matt Harvey pitches can compete as equals with or are better in every game that he starts. You want match your Ace with ours, no problem bring it on. You want to match your starter in the back of your rotation with Harvey and the Mets, as Mike Francesa would say “YA BRINGIN’ UH PEESHOOTAH TOA GUN FIGHT”     

 

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  1. blastingzone says:

    You can say that again(it feels like1968) because it does and instead of Koosman its Wheeler and the
    mets are a year or two away from becoming a very good club because of there pitching and if Syndergaard pitches well in AA he will be up at AAA by august or sept and start in AAA next year
    like Wheeler did and be up here and in our rotation by mid june 2014 so the mets can keep
    control for another year and If they don’t trade Montero he has a good chance to be in our
    starting rotation starting in 2014 so by mid june next year the mets starting rotation could
    and should be Harvey, Wheeler, Niese, Montero, and Syndergaard and if they all stay healthy which
    is a big If or they trade one of them not named Harvey the mets would have three #1’s and the
    best staff in baseball!! If they have to include one of these pitchers in a trade they better think 10x’s
    before doing anything and don’t ever trade Harvey!! In 1969 or 1970 the mets traded a pitcher who threw as hard or harder than Wheeler,Harvey, and Syndergaard but had command problems just like Wheeler and his name was Nolan Ryan and I don’t think Sandy wants to be remembered as the
    GM who traded Wheeler or Syndergaard!!

  2. I totally get what your saying Krane. I got that same vibe almost instantly, the Seaver-like mindset of mediocrity will not be tolerated. I was only four in 1968, but just from listening to the stories and reading, I imagine that the change in atmosphere is almost the same…if Wheeler were lefty, be even scarier, but I digress. Now if they can find a “Donn Clendenon”…

  3. I think you guys need to take a deep breath on montero and should give it at least 20-25 starts before you blow wheeler

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