I was sitting at home enjoying the wonderful performance of Bartolo Colon when I was given the order to shut the TV “we’re ready to go” My wife got tickets for If/Then staring the very talented Indina Menzel , so my wife and daughter decided my son and me were getting tooooo comfortable watching the Mets, besides I had Howie and Josh with me for the ride into the city.
So as we trudged along in traffic, Howie and Josh painted a beautiful picture of Colon’s day of pitching artistry and his hitting prowess. YES! Bartolo hit a double in the 6th and scored on Eric Young’s double to tie the game at 1-1. Josh Lewin had one of the great lines of all time in describing Colon running the bases “like a guy carrying a hot cup of coffee”
I love watching Colon pitch. Nothing rattles him. Hit a homer run off him, big deal. He shows no emotion he just holds his glove out for a new baseball. Turn the page.
Colon was in great form yesterday, sinker, slider then a fastball here a fastball there each pitch hitting the mark as the Cardinals put the ball in play (just 1K for big Bart) and the Mets defense made the plays. Everything was going great and for sure the Mets needed this game as the losses pile up and Colon was stepping up big time.
JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDDING ME!!!!!! FOR CHRIST SAKE!!!!!!. My kids here me screaming in as we sit in traffic on 46 St as we pass 8th Ave. My wife yells WHAT, WHAT HAPPENED!!! I bellow to them TERRY COLLINS IS TAKING COLON OUT OF THE GAME!!!!! HE’S AN IDIOT!!!!! I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS!!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS!!!! ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
I now have three sets of eyes on me ready to kill me. Really dad??? Really ??????
Colon was cruising. In the 7th inning here threw 7 pitches all for strikes and retired the Cardinals 1-2-3. In the 8th inning it took 3 pitches more and one more batter to get out of the inning. Through 8 full innings Colon and the Mets were ahead 3-1 and Colon was at 86 pitches. How great is that. The Mets bullpen gets a well-deserved day off, Colon get to finish off the Cards for a complete game win and for once in a long time some positivity out of the Mets.
But wait, Howie tells me that Bobby Abreu is PINCH HITTING FOR BARTOLO COLON. That’s when I lose my mind in the midtown traffic. Then to make matters worse, even though Howie and Josh react in a more composed manner as I did about Colon coming out, they start to make excuses for Collins. Terry Collins is treated like the kindly old Grandpa by the media. Everyone who covers the team knows he is an awful in game manager and they want to rip him but for whatever reason they all bite their tongue. Eat your heart out Rex Ryan.
There was no need for this move and Collins couldn’t even give a good reason why he did it? At first Collins said it was due to the hot weather in St.Louis and he didn’t want Colon to strain. Well first off Bartolo is Dominican not Nordic so he loves hot weather. Second, what strain? The guy was pitching a gem without stress or strain. Then Collins, not done with is idiocy says he didn’t want Colon to face Matt Holliday. Really Terry? Do you even know Colon? You think he gives a shit if it’s Matt Holiday or Billie Holiday? Face it Terry you nearly made the biggest mistake of your baseball life.
If you are a fan of Terry Collins (both of you) even you have a hard time defending the move yesterday. I’m happy the Mets won and I’m even happier that Bartolo Colon pitched an outstanding game but part of me wonders what would have happened if the bullpen would have blown that game, would Terry Collins still be Mets manager today.