Thursday, July 24, 2008

Appreciation

"I can't believe we're happy to see Billy Wagner in the ninth" -overheard at Shea Stadium Wednesday night.

It really was a funny scene at Shea on Wednesday. Now Billy usually hears the cheers when he enters with the help of Sandman. But they're usually of the "we love you but don't screw this up" kind of cheers. After Tuesday night's debacle, the cheers sounded eerily like "thank you Billy ... don't you ever leave us again". Kinda like when the one guy in sales that knows what he's doing goes on vacation for a week and all the accounts are shot to hell and then the competent one comes back and everybody in the office tells him "you're not allowed to go on vacation, ever."

That's how Mets fans greeted Billy Wagner. Please, please, please don't ever leave us in the hands of Filthy Sanchez again. Really, we love you. We can't live without you.

It almost never came to that as the Mets had trouble putting Brett Myers away (we hate you too, Brett) ... where one well-placed hit could have sent Myers back to the minors, the Mets continued to leave a ton of runners on the bases against the man who threw as many balls as strikes tonight. Heck, the Mets scored their first two runs on the "strength" of no hits.

But the good part is that for once in their feeble little lives, the Mets actually scored runs against the Phillies bullpen. Joy! And it was Jose Reyes that did the deed with a three run dinger against Ryan Madson in the sixth, giving the Mets their three run lead that they would ... this time ... hold on to thanks to Country Time. Now the only thing to wait for is certain radio personalities to complain that Reyes had his finger up almost all the way to second base on the home run.

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Hey, the price for Xavier Nady has apparently come down. After two straight nights of Marlon Anderson turning fly balls into circus acts in left field and being late on fastballs, I say "huzzah!" (Whatever the heck "huzzah" means.)

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If you're the religious type, say a prayer for Petey this morning.

9 comments:

Rickey Henderson said...

It's not that Wags isn't allow to go on vacation... he's just not allowed to call in sick three days in a row without a doctor's note, you know? Good to have him back though.

Ed said...

Don't know what you've got till it's gone.

Dobie Gillis said...

The mets will likely win a chompionship because they play with heart and pashun.

Unser said...

I thought Wagner was going to tackle Victorino on that play at first. He looked like he was going to get it done in the ninth even if his arm fell off. Unser digs this.

And who left the most runners on base? Marlon Anderson. Nice guy but, sorry, he's got no business starting, in left to boot. He's had three straight starts, two in crucial games, and performed terribly. He's horrid in left - catches the ball like a wide-receiver. You want to use him as a lefty off the bench? I'll take that even with his .200 average. But start him? No way.

schneck said...

Maybe playing Anderson is Manuel's not so subtle way to convince ownership that they really need to make a move.

kenntd said...

If you want an extra lefty bat in the lineup instead of Anderson, I'd sooner like to see Easley in left and A.Reyes at second until (when?) Church gets back. Geez, I'd rather see Nick Evans bat than Anderson.

kennyd said...

At this point Marlon Anderson is just a waste of roster space.

weesle909 said...

Agreed, they have got to get Marlon Anderson out of the lineup. I love him as a pinch hitter. But that's it.

Nice bounce-back win...

kennyd said...

Even his pinch hitting sucks this year. I have zero faith in him coming off the bench. Bring back Eric Valent.