Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Theatre Of The Ridiculous

Behold the power of Metstradamus.

Game 5, two outs, two strikes on David Eckstein. What word sequence leaves my mouth at this very moment?

"Donnie Moore anyone?"

Base hit to Eckstein.

"Donnie Moore anyone?" Once again.

Ball four to Jim Edmonds.

"Donnie Moore...anyone?!?" More forcefully the third time around.

A Brad Lidge slider goes over the train tracks, courtesy of Albert Pujols, who with one swing has reached back across nineteen years to give a high five to Dave Henderson.

It's 1986 all over again, as playoff games just get more bizarre by the minute.

Now, by no means that I'm insinuating that Brad Lidge is going to follow the Donnie Moore path to the afterlife...but Brad Lidge has become Moore...Calvin Schiraldi...Bob Stanley...and Al Nipper all rolled into one with a single pitch, and Andy Pettitte mouthing the words echoed by all of Houston:

"Oh my God".

(By the way, does that count as using the Lord's name in vain by Mr. Power for Living? I think he's going to hell!)

So the 2005 theatre of the ridiculous continues, after a two day intermission.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bringing back the 1986 playoffs by mentioning Knepper and Kerfield and Scott...wow...what a flashback...makes me want to put on the Family channel and watch "Growing Pains"....lol.
To think it is going to be 20 years....

Man...we have sucked in the last 20 years...especially since we are in the #1 media market in the world....I have a hate list for today...
5. Bret Saberhagen
4. Gregg Jefferies
3. "Generation K"
2. Vince Coleman
1. Bobby Bonilla (we signed him and the downward spiral began; goes to Florida and helps the best team that money can buy win a World Series after playing with the worst team money can buy: the 1992/1993 New York Mets...Hey Bobby...I may live in Cali but I am from the Bronx and I'll show you...your a disgrace...

See Metstradamus...I can be like you...

Mario

jabair said...

thats what garner gets for saying that beltran signing with the mets was a blessing in disguise...

the blessing disguised itself into a curse last night...

i really want clemens to be on the mound when the cards beat the astros.. i want him to be the losing pitcher in game 7

jabair said...

A-Rod's mom: Uncle's death affected performance

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/playoffs2005/news/story?id=2193739

mommy's gotta bail him out now!!! these guys are worst than the bush whitehouse

Mets Guy in Michigan said...

Why didn't they pitch to Edmonds? Clearly that was an unintentional intentional walk, because none of them was even close. He walked Edmonds....to get to Pujols?

I agree, that's a Buckner moment for the Astros. I think the Cards go home and beat the snot out of them.

How sweet would a Game Seven Clemens meltdown be?

Vinny said...

As much as it pains me to do this, I must correct you, oh mighty Metstradamus. Upon closer inspection, it does appear as though Mr. Goody Two-Shoes Pettitte actually said "Oh my gosh" as he watched Albert Pujols' blast sail off into the night.

Oh, and Dave, I'm not sure if you're referring to the unintentional intentional walk of Edmonds or Lidge's ill-fated slider as a "Buckner moment." But in either case, I think that would be stretching it quite a bit.

Anonymous said...

not every ball is intentional. that was a panic walk.

Nothing like pitching mistakes to deliver great theater...still, the single by Mr. Throws-like-Me was the most unbelievable thing--he hit a good pitch with two strikes & the season all but over.

I'm just glad we don't have a five-day layoff til the Series like it's the freakin' Super Bowl. Once again the game delivers despite the best efforts of the people running it.

PS Cuzzi won't get to first base this series--nice thing about the ump rotation is a guy is instantly banished to the outfield as a matter of course after being in the thick of it. Of course he could blow a foul ball...

thanks for the site.
-m

Metstradamus said...

Mario, does this mean that you going to play me in the Broadway production of "Metstradamania"?

Dave, I'm with you. Also remember what happened to the Angels after the Baylor/Henderson home runs, they too had to go on the road and play 6 and 7...and got absolutely torched. This could be a similar situation. I love Mulder in Game 6, and Clemens isn't the greatest game 7 pitcher going...he has pitched well enough to lose at best.

Vinny, You are a lip reader extraordinare!

jdon said...

Looks like deja vu all over again to me. Astros cannot hit. They will hit less in St. Loo. I don't see two big games from oswalt. the mets beat him a lot. And clemens blew in game 7 last year.
recipe for disaster: One hanging slider to Pujols. I know you will think this is hindsight or revisionist history, but i am going after reggie sanders in that spot, bases loaded or no bases loaded. I have nothing but disrespect for him in crunch time.

Anonymous said...

Metstradamus...

Only if I lost 185 lbs....

and why couldn't the Mets find Albert Pujols?

Mario

Metstradamus said...

Mario,

They tried. Read the second part of this:

http://metstradamus.blogspot.com/2005/09/contrast-in-philosophy.html

Metstradamus said...

jdon, that's tough. If you walk Pujols, then it just takes a single to tie the game. And Pujols did look bad all night against Pettitte going after sliders so it wasn't the worst thing they could have done.

Lidge just wasn't making pitches. And if he's not making pitches, then Pujols, Sanders, Taguchi, or even Rick Ankiel hits him hard.

jdon said...

But you have been pitching around Pujols every chance you get-why abandon the philosophy for a career hacker like Sanders. I would at least have given Lidge the option.

Metstradamus said...

Apparently when Garner went to the mound he gave Lidge the option. No reliever with any sort of ego...especially not one who pitched 8 innings in 5 days during last season's playoffs, is going to opt to walk the other team's best hitter.

His mistake was giving him a pitch to hit. Pitchers have been pulling the string all night and making Pujols chase pitches. Lidge comes right in with a slider and didn't put it where he wanted it. It was a garbage pitch, and that couldn't have been where he wanted it. If that's what Lidge wanted to do, I'd be surprised.