Thursday, August 03, 2006

Miami Heat (Sans Dwyane Wade)

You have to give credit to the 18,239 at Not Ready For Sponsorship Stadium tonight. It might not have reached 103 in Miami as it did in New York City today, but watching a Steve Trachsel start in 87 degree heat is bad enough. But that temperature was just at game time. It got a little hotter for the Mets as the game went along and a 6-0 lead was whittled down to 6-5, thanks to Trachsel running out of gas, and some Picasso-like abstract creativity with the strike zone by home plate ump Andy Fletcher.

Fletcher first gave Miguel "Leave the Diving to Greg Louganis" Cabrera a gift calling a 2-2 strike from Blueback Bradford, which led to Cabrera's seventh inning single which got the Fish runs 4 and 5. Then Fletcher continued his inconsistency by calling a clearly outside pitch to Cliff Floyd with the bases loaded and nobody out strike three, causing Cliff to throw a Danica Patrick fit and get himself ejected.

Then in the bottom of the ninth, with Billy Wagner coming off his fifth blown save the night before by giving up a single and a hit batter, the temperature got even hotter. But with Alex Rodriguez praying for Wagner to blow another save and become New York's biggest boobird, Country Time went through Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, and Roger Dorn like Jose Lima goes through waivers: no takers. And so puts the Mets back on the winning track in the heat of Miami.

Really, it was an ugly win as the Marlins played like everyone thought the Marlins would play going into the season...kicking the ball around like it was the World Cup. But the Mets were shut down for five innings by some guy named Pinto. The Mets lineup obviously didn't realize that all you have to do with a Pinto is hit his back and his gas tank explodes. No dice though.

Roberto Hernandez II made his debut today and struggled a little bit. It was obvious as to why though: He has to get rid of that number. It's bad karma for a reliever.

But the biggest news comes off the field. On the heels of Derek Jeter becoming the new Avon Lady, one of your favorite Mets...not to be outdone...has also joined the marketing and public relations fray with his new cologne:

14 comments:

Prince said...

That is the most beautiful picture I have ever seen.

Schuyla' said...

I was thinking Lastings' cologne would be called "Swagger" but that picture is worth 1000 strange words.

Unser said...

Awesome Pinto reference.

Can someone tell Cliff Floyd that you don't have to hit the ball 900 miles when the bases are loaded, nobody's out and all you need is an insurance run?

Anyone want to take swing dancing lessons with Miguel Cabrera and Alfredo Almezaga?

beezermess said...

Metstradamus:

It is way too early to put any member of the 2005 NFC Eastern Division Champions on the hate list...I know how you are and your still somewhat bitter that two of the best wide outs in Jets history were both knocked out of the game by concussions, but by no means does that warrant the best tight end in football to be placed on the list...stop the hate and respect...

Great comeback Wagner...I am still very close to trading your country ass in my fantasy league.....

michelle said...

I hate Wagner. I had read somewhere that most of his non-saves occured on Wednesday, so needless to say I was sure they were taking a loss yesterday.
Do all the games have to be so dramatic? Can't they just win like everyday by like eleventy runs?!

Metstradamus said...

beezermess,

Respect a player who disrespects his coach by calling him an "ass"?

That T.O./Michael Strahan wannabe media bad boy couldn't get his bell rung enough for me.

Metstradamus said...

Michelle,

Sounds like you hate Wednesdays more than you hate Billy Wagner.

Metstradamus said...

Unser,

I don't ever want to learn how to do that...and if I did I wouldn't admit it, nor would I do it where there were cameras.

Unser said...

Yup, that was one scary way of celebrating a home run. I think it's called the "We Cut the Lead to Three Runs" dance.

But heaven forbid if Lastings Milledge high fives some fans on his way to rightfield.

Gary Dellabate said...

When I'm at work I like to eat large amounts of chocolate and read glossy magazines but sometimes my VOFF gets mad at me.

High Pitch Eric said...

hello hello? it's gary dellabatte.

Kelly Clarkson said...

Who's High-Pitch

Fredstradamus said...

" Country Time went through Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, and Roger Dorn like Jose Lima goes through waivers: no takers."

So very proud to call you my brother!

Michelle said...

I wouldn't have to hate Wednesdays if it wasn't for Wagner....

Curse him.

*Shakes fist*