— Days Without Shea —

Filed under: Baseball | Mets
by Kingman on September 27 at 9:19AM

Munch.screamIn the bottom of the 9th last night, SNY panned the Mets dugout.

Most all of the players and coaches were on the top step, leaning on the rail. I was stunned by how weary and dejected everyone looked. This did not look like a team that wanted to come out and play another game. They certainly didn’t look like a first place team.

And they didn’t play like one. Again. as the Mets lost 9–6, the team’s 9th loss in 13 games.

We are now just one game ahead of the Phillies in the NL East.

Tonight we send Pedro to the mound to play the Cardinals in a makeup game. This game was rained out on June 28 (We were there that night: here’s what Shea looked like). The Mets are going up against Joel Pineiro, 6–5 with a 4.72 ERA. The Phillies, meanwhile, face the Braves and John Smoltz.

The stars and the matchups are aligned in our favor tonight. We’ll be in Loge13 and will provide the happy recap tomorrow.

My apologies to all those who have e-mailed me recently with links and Shea mementos to post. I promise I will get to them shortly. Events on the field have impacted events on the blog. But we have a long off-season to make things right. Lets hope the off-season starts in a month, not Monday.

[September 27, 2007 11:24 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron said

Yes, I know what you mean about the Mets looking dejected. I think that's the difference between Willie Randolph and Phils Skipper Charlie Manuel. Just by his expressions, a manager can put undo pressure on professional athletes. Although he gets a lot of slack for it, Manuel has a happy go lucky manner and I think it rubs off on the players.

[September 27, 2007 11:40 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Eli said

Manuel nearly got into a fistfight with a reporter earlier this year. It's easy to be happy-go-lucky when you have something to be happy about, like hitters hitting and pitchers pitching.

[September 27, 2007 1:28 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Mike said

That's a great pic!

[September 27, 2007 2:00 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Bobster said

It's pointless to worry about whether the Mets will make the postseason. They essentially already are in the postseason. The question is whether this is a team that will be able to beat any of the other playoff teams. Right now the answer is no.

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