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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Willie Wears Welcome, Regular Rooters Realize Rudolph Revoltin'

The Washington Nationals ruminate over how easy it is to beat the Mets.

Even in good times, the climate we Mets fans operate in is best described as hysterical, not in the ha-ha way but in the pull the children in-doors, out-of-proportion with reality way. Right now, after another demoralizing loss against the last place gNats, Mets skipper Willie Randolph best travel only at night and avoid open roads, because the bloggers are headed to the barricades with torches. It has gotten so bad that my suggestion of the ritual sacrifice of Rick Down has not been taken up by any serious observer. The trigger for the recent organization of internet posses targeting Willie for dismissal, as could have been predicted, is the usage of one Aaron "Poopeyface" Heilman, he of game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. In the eyes of Metsfan observers who have yet to claw said eyes out, having received a passable start from retread Claudio Vargas, Randolph maliciously squandered this gift by bringing in shell-shocked Errant Hellman to put the game out of the reach of the Mets awful-fence. Added to the fun, the Mets showed neither fire nor discipline in the proper measure. Under Willie's watch, older player Moises Alou (with the games he has missed in his career, it is arguable to call Alou a "veteran") made the decision to take his hot, healthy bat out of the line-up over a strike call. Is this the discipline and experience Omar Minaya had in mind when he infused the roster with the elderly? Instead of building on Maine's Message and Vargas' Valour, Willie blew it out his ass. And Mets fans have had enough.

Let's look at how a successful team manages its games with Nationals. The first place Marlins (payroll $20 million) have treated the Nats like a cellar dwelling resource, a bottom-dwelling bank, beating them 8 out of 9 times. Take 8 games off of the Marlins 23-17 record and see where they are in the standings. How have the Mets handled Warden Acta and the D.C. Offenders? A less dominating 5 and 3. Emotionally, having suffered a couple of blowouts at the Nats' hands, the team doesn't view the Nats with any swagger whatsoever--it's the Nats chanting in the dugout--and in most matchups so far, doesn't look superior to the Washington club. To win the NL East, the Mets need to beat teams like this soundly. Instead they find ways to lose.

What the Mets are missing. (note energy and fun, note high-five, note player available in trade for Lastings Milledge at one point)



  • At 1:00 PM, Anonymous cver said…

    Today was just a bad luck game that I frankly can't blame Willie for, I suppose. We couldn't score a run - I dunno. Pelfrey was great though and it was really fun to see them in the upper deck with Kranepool, Shamsky and Howie Rose. I do hate that Gary jinxes no hitters. Not only does he announce it, which he should never do, but he says it every two seconds. My only fault with him so far, but a big one. So, now it's time to face the Yanks one last time in the Bronx (unless we see them in the World Series).

  • At 1:25 PM, Anonymous cver said…

    They finally fixed Heilman. The problem was he wsa carrying his embryonic twin in his pitching arm:

  • At 2:41 PM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…

    That's just gross cver. I think Heilman was Steve Trashhill's embryonic twin. Apparently it WAS Willie that sent Buntran home on contact, so his decision not to play it safe, even after Reyes made a personal decision not to play it safe and lost, did play a role in losing the game.

    Gary IS a jinx and when he isn't, it's not for lack of trying. Speaking of trying, here come the Yankers.

    We fans should have a closed door meeting if this malaise continues.


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