Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Save The Last Dance

The night started out with the pleasantly surprising revelation that an honest to goodness movie star is a life long Mets fan...Bourne trilogy star Julia Stiles threw out the first pitch, using the leg kick that she learned from a certain recent acquisition.

The night ended with another late inning victory for the New York Mets...a reminder that you should always save the last dance for this team.

(Stiles' ceremonial first pitch by the way, was the only pitch hurled by someone in a Met hat that did not leave the yard on Monday night. As such, Omar Minaya announced after the game that the Mets have signed Stiles to a minor league deal, hoping she can fill the role of fifth starter or long reliever at some point this season. Hey, she adds depth, no?)

It didn't matter whether Steve Trachsel threw one down and away, up and in, or right over the plate...it was getting hit just as fast right back at him, and out of the yard. Trachsel had a bone pop out in his back recently, and tonight it may or may not have caused him to be a "pain in the ass". Seven hits and four runs in six innings isn't helping Omar Minaya's poker face when he goes to other general managers and tells them "oh no, our starters are fine! See the new girl we got?"

Fortunately, it also didn't matter what Diamondback pitchers threw Paul Lo Duca...he was getting a base hit. The Duke was four for five, and had the cajones to tag up from first to second on a routine fly ball to left field in the fifth (great slide included) . Duke also had a big hit in the ninth to get Jose Reyes to third base. The hits were all big in the ninth...a pinch hit from Endy, the first hit of the night from Reyes which drove home Chavez, Duke, and finally David Wright with his walk off job over a drawn in outfield to win it.

Tonight had it all...the continued resurgence of the slumping left fielder who went two for three with a big dinger...the cruel twist of fate near the end as Aaron Heilman coughed up the lead in the seventh...the career revival of the formerly useless bench player who has now seemingly become the everyday second baseman (another three RBI's for Jose Valentin)...and it even had the bumbling comic relief, who was booed lustily tonight as he pinch hit for Trachsel.

Tonight even had Julia Stiles, our new ingenue...who by the end of the season we hope will be the leading lady in all of baseball.

And of course, the Hollywood ending.

(P.S. Great minds do think alike. So click here for the same title, but smarter perspective.)

18 comments:

Minglet said...

Hey, she adds depth, no?

..it might be the skoal
..it might be the late hour
..it might be the fact that Mets pulled another one out

but metsta..u never fail to make me laugh..

Metstradamus said...

HA! I think it's the Skoal.

Anonymous said...

If you're gonna post Julia Stiles photos, try this one ...

http://images.hollywood.com/cms/300x375/468495.jpg

Brooklynlou

Metstradamus said...

Whoa dude! I'll save that one for a special occasion. Thanks much Brooklyn Lou!

Anonymous said...

sign stiles as a bench coach.

Kyle in Newport News said...

Thanks a million for the picture, Metstra. There are few things in this world I find more beautiful than a woman throwing a baseball. A true female pitcher is the ideal, of course. I had the opportunity to visit the touring baseball exhibit that came through the Smithsonian a year or two ago, and my heart almost stopped beating when I saw a nearly life-sized photograph of Ila Borders. As I stood there, eyes glued, awestruck, silently worshiping, I heard a man behind me tell his companion with a laugh, "HEY, IT'S A CHICK IN A BASEBALL UNIFORM!" Oh, how I wanted to punch him in his face...

metswalkoffs said...

Oh no...

Metstradamus, I feel bad now...our postings have the same title

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2006/05/save-last-dance.html

Metstradamus said...

Hey, if the Daily News and the New York Post can have the same back page title 300 times a year, we can certainly share a title once in a while! ;)

G-Fafif said...

The occasion that spawned Brooklyn Lou's picture was on my mind when I saw the first pitch. I remember seeing Ms. Stiles on those MTV Movie Awards in that alluring ensemble and thinking, "Damn!" No, not "Damn!" as in, "WHOA!" but "damn, this would be really cool except it's the middle of 2001 and the Mets suck and stuff like this and that otherwise awesome commercial where Mike walks down the street getting hitting tips from everyone he sees and the other one where the Beni Hana chef is giving Agbayani criticism via Shinjo and Shinjo tells Agbayani that the guy is a big fan...that stuff is so much better when the team is winning and we're not because 2001 sucks."

Tonight, no such conflict. A great appearance by our Julia. Nice introduction by Alex Anthony ("born and raised a Mets fan"). Nice pitch. Nice cap. Nice game.

Extraordinarily nice game.

DAMN!

iamSINATRA said...

Was it chilly last night for the ceremonial first pitch?

Headlights were in full force.

Ed in Westchester said...

I have a newfound respect for Ms. Stiles.

Metstradamus said...

Greg, the fact that she wore that in 2001 endears her to me all the more.

iamSINATRA said...

Good news and bad news....

X-Man is out

Lastings is in.

jabair said...

headlights on!!! LOL

Darth Marc said...

The Big Head Girl is an infidel....what a surprise...

jabair said...

oh sh!t... darth bitch makes his 2006 debut same night as milledge...

metstradamus, please enlighten us.. is this a good omen or a bad omen?

Metstradamus said...

Neither. He's just trying to be relevant again.

Ed in Westchester said...

Metstra - Since "Darth Marc" only allows other bloggers to post on his site, please forgive the following, as I needed to respond to one of his posts.

Darth Marc - I read your blog. Loved how you think some writers think Reyes and Wright are better than Jeter and A-Rod. Why you take anything Lupica writes at face value I will never know.
I do know this, while David may not be better than "A-6-4-3" overall, he is better in one way - he knows how to get a hit in the clutch.