Monday, September 05, 2005

Wrong Chop

This is the song that never ends
it just goes on and on my friends
some people started singing it
not knowing what it was
and they continued
singing it forever
just because
it is the song that never ends
it just goes on and on my friends...

-Lamb Chop

The Braves have the Tomahawk Chop. Meanwhile, the Mets hit like Lamb Chop. And thanks to Larry Jones, the song known as the Tomahawk Chop song hummed by half full crowds at Jane Fonda Field goes on, and on, and on.

It's the song that never ends.
It just goes on and on, my friends.

I'm not going to blast Willie Randolph for leaving Steve Trachsel in to start the eighth inning. I won't even blast him for leaving him in to face Larry. But I will ask this:

Has Randolph lost faith in his bullpen?

It was a tie game, but Roberto Hernandez is the eighth inning guy, and has been around all season, unlike Trachsel. But Hernandez has been used much less frequently since his blown save against Milwaukee about a month ago. Perhaps Randolph is saving him until now, but if now is the time to burn your best, why not burn your best to start the eighth? It was a curious move.

Could it have been that Larry Jones has a .241 average off of Trachsel, while batting two for two against Hernandez in his career? We know Willie is high on those numbers.

It's the song that never ends.
It just goes on and on, my friends.

And then there's the lineup.

Cliff Floyd had opportunities to come out of the phone booth and become Superman. But today, he was Clark Kent. Victor Diaz and Jose Reyes got two hits each. Carlos Beltran drove in the first run of the game, but struck out in the ninth. And John Thomson beats the Mets again. 5-0 since 2003, and although he didn't get the win today, he still pitched much better than he ever should (in fact, if we're going to keep Colorado Rockies out of the Hall of Fame for playing in Coors Field, how about keeping all Braves pitchers out of the Hall because Leo Mazzone makes ham and egg pitchers into buzzsaws!) John Thomson, Met matter what jersey he wears (including the Mets jersey).

It's the song that never ends.
It just goes on and on, my friends.

I was prepared for this team to surprise me. Archie Bunker's Army warned me. Be prepared to be surprised. And I was, I really was...even after Andruw Jones hit a ball that could have shown was that long a flight. Even after Larry homered (making it the 48th time the Jones boys homered in the same game) I looked for some hope...any hope. I was prepared to the point where I actually cheered out loud when Marlon Anderson had a pinch hit single in the ninth.

But then I remembered...

It's the song that never ends.
It just goes on and on, my friends.

Beltran made the final out once again, and the Mets remain, for now and for the foreseeable future, lamb chops.


erik love said...

John Thompson didn't get the Win!!! So he offically didn't beat us! HA! HA! (Erik has offically lost his mind)

Hey, do you write for a living?

Metstradamus said...

You're right...I changed it. Thomson is still much better than he oughta be.

I do not write for a living. But if anyone has a job open and likes what they read, they should contact me through this website.

Mets Beast said...

hey check out mine damn it lol... good shit on this one.. i liked it lmao

Kyle in Newport News said...

Most of the good jokes about home runs are taken, but yours about the in-flight movie was new to me, and very funny. I have no job to offer you, but I do begin a long-term substitute position in a 9th/10th-grade English classroom tomorrow, so here's an open invitation to give a guest lecture on sports prophecy if you're ever in the area... of Newport News.

Metstradamus said...

Thanks Kyle, and remember you hold the future of America in your hands. Any child wearing a Yankee hat needs to get an F. I know it's tough love, but they must learn.

Kyle in Newport News said...

Danny Graves's ERA with the Tides can smoke and buy lottery tickets. From Marty Noble's latest at

"As they promised, the Mets brought Danny Graves back to the Major Leagues on Monday, purchasing his contract from Triple-A Norfolk... Graves, who did not have a decision, registered a 5.89 ERA in 17 appearances with the Mets and an 0-1 record and 18.00 ERA in five games with Norfolk."

Mets Beast said...

how come no one comments on my blog?!? :(

Metstradamus said...

Took me two months to get a comment from someone that wasn't a blood relative.

It takes time.

Mets Beast said...

lol nice M.Damus

metswalkoffs said...

Great hate list this morning, M.damus...

I saw one blog referenced Charlie Brown and the football...I believe CB once said "How Long O' Lord?" after Lucy pulled the ball away...she responded "All your life, Charlie Brown...all your life."

The other thing of which I am reminded comes from Peter Gammons writing about the Yanks 4-game sweep of Boston at Fenway in '78 for SI. He referenced Tom Boswell's lead after the Yankees thrashed the Sox, again..."Ibid, for details, see yesterday's paper."

Metstradamus...are you ever gonna get an e-mail address...had a query for ya (no job offer, but a question slightly related to that...u can e-mail me if you like), but wanted to ask it privately...also, do you have any brothers or sisters... Jetstradamus?, Knickstradamus? Rangerstradamus?

erik love said...

It took you TWO Month's? It took me about 3 day's. The house started comin in after that "Andy Reid Donut" article I wrote.

I'm still waitin for your SB Pick's Met$tra, don't tell me you only predict baseball.

Hey Rookie, you've had a blog for what? 2 day's? Relax and write more, they'll come eventually.

Metstradamus said...


Jetstradamus and Rangerstradamus are too shy at the moment to start blogs.

Metstradamus said...

And Mark,

check your e-mail!

Toby Wachter said...

Hey man,

I just wanted to let you know that I've been a professional writer for about five years now, currently the Managing Editor of a pretty big website, and I visit your blog first thing in the morning every day. Keep up the great work- this is my most enjoyable and entertaining read on the net.


Metstradamus said...


Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate it and hope I am more on top of my game in September than the team I blog about.


Kyle from Newport News said...

Minky just reached .250, on no less than a double!

Metstradamus said...

Woo hoo! Get the clippers out!!!