This is the game that you don't want to take a nap in the middle of...especially anytime after the ninth inning. Because after Country Time spit the bit against the Pirates tonight, one could easily drift off and, after a chorus of "Enter Sandman" have nightmares of Fluff Castro going from second to third on a double, Braden Looper's 178 pitch at bat to Tike Redman, Cliff Floyd's impression of Willie Mays circa 1973. It's enough to make you wake up in a cold sweat screaming "No More Pirates games!!!"
Enter night. Exit sanity.
But alas, this season's answer to last season's debacle contained the alternate ending, a Carlos Delgado opposite field (!) blast off of Mike Gonzalez to win a twelve inning game that had no business going past nine. It only goes to prove that it doesn't matter where Carlos Delgado is during the seventh inning...as long as he shows up for the twelfth. God Bless Carlos Delgado.
And no, that wasn't Tike Redman with four hits and a shocking diving catch in extra innings, that was Endy Chavez. Check the New York area hospitals on February 4th, 2007, and see how many children are named Endy (girls too).
But this win leaves many questions:
- Who is Ronnie Paulino and why do the Mets insist on making him and his ilk into superstars?
- When do the "Duaner Sanchez for closer" calls start coming in to the FAN?
- How does a strikeout pitcher let Jose Hernandez, a strikeout hitter, make contact?
- No really, who's Ronnie Paulino?
- When do Met fans start calling Country Time by his alternate nickname: Lefty Looper?
I'm hearing from my sources that starting next game, Billy Wagner's new entrance music will be "I'm Sorry" by Brenda Lee.