Mets Win 3-0 Behind Santana and Ten out of Eleven
Houston, August 22nd, 2008
In a very quiet way, the Mets are getting the kind of victories they were known for in 2006, but with alot more humility, and a smaller Runs Margin Average as well. What is interesting is that they have won 14 of the last 18 without venture capitalists Alou, Church, Billy Wagner, Marlon Anderson or Luis Castillo. Instead we are getting amazing clutch hitting from “over the hill” activist and boycott specialist Delgado, a character who calls himself “Easily” as if taken right out of the pages of a Damon Runyan story, the anonymous Irish “tater” basher Danny Murphy, and someone else named Reyes who doubles for Jose (or doubles after Jose in some cases). Add to that list Tatis, Ayala, and a whole farm collective of catchers and relievers and you have the leaderless terrorist cell known as the 2008 New York Mets, and lately they have been terrorising the NL East. When pitching czar Willie Randolphski left to spend more time with his exiled family, the Mets became an autonomous collective, all for one, one for all, and every man for himself. Like true comrades at arms, they seek equality in all things, even changing positions in the batting order so that no player is “higher” than another for long. Jose Reyes is no longer called the “leadoff hitter” in the clubhouse, but first among equals, and now bats first and second simultaneously while playing short and second at the same time. Even Beltran does not always play cleanup any more, he can dispatch his janitorial duties further down the pecking order. And it might be in poor taste to say it, but these young warriors were attacking the Braves of Georgia about the same time as Putin was, and doing a much better job of it, and in a kinder, gentler way.
Sanatana pitched 7 scoreless innings on Friday, with help from Heilman and Ayala and the Mets blanked out the Houston Astros 3-0 in a game that possessed the soul of brevity, something that Tolstoy never got the jist of. The same has been said about me.
(Leo pitched 339 innings in one year for the Baikal Shamans, and walked only 163.)
Too many words, Leo!