We’ve all heard it. From the annoying co-worker, the pain in the ass relative, ball buster friend, they all say it “How can you root for the Mets” well today they all wish they were Mets fans.
Usually a day like yesterday, “Super Tuesday” blows up in our faces like Wily E. Coyote opening a crate from the Acme Corp, but yesterday was one day in a season of angst and despair that made you proud to wear your Mets attire.
If the Legend of Matt Harvey wasn’t fascinating enough (I’m waiting to hear that he was a part of Seal Team 6 who took out Osama Bin Laden) with each start out doing the last, we find out that last season, while resting in the back of the Mets clubhouse, Jon Rauch thought it would be funny to dump a pail of ice water on Harvey. Harvey took big exception to the tattoo festooned Rauch for acting like an asshole and threated to beat the shit out of him. Rauch, as all bullies do, sulked away before Harvey could get the can of Whoop Ass open. Last week I said it would be nice if the Mets organization would make an anti-bullying PSA, a video of Harvey standing up to Rauch would have been perfect.
I didn’t see Harvey’s start as I was at work but I did get to hear Howie and Josh do the game on radio. If you have listened to them in recent weeks, especially during the Marlins series, you know that the losing was starting to wear on them as it was on us. But yesterday was outstanding baseball on the radio.
There is no hiding it, Howie is one of us (as is Gary Cohen who also has started to get bit snarky just like us which I kinda like) and his enthusiasm flowed from his play by play. Same with Josh Lewin who has fit in fabulously as Howie’s right hand man. The duo were as upset as we were over the infield hit by Jason Heyward in the 7th and I guess Lucas Duda was a little asleep at the wheel, enough so that he apologized to Harvey after the game, to put the no hitter to rest but I’m sure Terry Collins was happy as no-hitters seem to make him cry.
I also missed the night cap of the day nighter and the debut of Zack Wheeler as I was sitting in the rain in Coney Island waiting for the Brooklyn Cyclones to open up their home schedule against the Staten Island Highlanders. The field at MCU Park is now Field Turf and it looks magnificent. One of the features of the field we were told is you no longer have to use a tarp to cover it when it rains. After last night, the Cyclones may want to rethink that. The rain did stop for about 20 minutes to a half hour and the ground crew (the Cyclones have about 20 people working on their crew, maybe some of them could be sent to Las Vegas where there is a gang of one taking care of the landscaping) came out squgeed the field but Cyclones manager Rich Donnelly was not very happy with the field conditions. From the looks of the skipper, it seems his concern was the wet outfield and risk of injury for his outfielders. While the debate went on to play or not to play, it started raining again so at that point the game was postponed.
During the rain delay Cyclones players were signing autographs. The biggest scrum was for LJ Mazzilli and Garvin Chechini who were more than happy to give away their signatures with a smile and a thank you. These two kids were like rock stars.
Back to Wheeler, he walked 5 batters in his maiden voyage as a big league pitcher and 3 of those walks came in the first 3 innings. Being that it was his big league debut in front of the hometown family and friends, I think it’s safe to say Wheeler was a bit amped to start the game and that it was expected. He did settle in nicely and looked like the hype is to be believed.
Could it be that Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler will be able to reverse the curse of the second half collapse? Could it be that on a hot humid August night at Citi Field we will see a no –hitter or “GULP” a perfect game pitched by either phenom? Or even better will the performance of Harvey and Wheeler elevate the game of Jon Niese and Dillon Gee to the point where Sandy Alderson lifts Jeff Wilpon up by his collar and demands “GET ME SOME MONEY FOR HITTERS”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why do I root for the Mets, LOL! Jealous bastards!