Are We Relevant Yet?
Mets Sweep Braves, Dodgers, Torre, Vault from Last to First In Four Days
Evan Pritchard for Amazine
The Mets went into a virtual tie for first, .007 behind the Phillies at 10:30 the night of April 27th after sweeping a double header from the Dodgers, 4-0 and 10-5. By one AM the Phillies had lost to the Giants and the Mets were Kings of the East with sole possession of first place by half a game. In the words of the humble court jester of WFAN Steve Sommers, “It’s good to be king.”
Just four days earlier, the Mets were in last place and everyone was asking, “Will the Mets ever play relevant games again?” This word relevancy has several layers of “Yankic” rhetoric to it, but we’ll take it at face value. Relevancy in New York obviously has to do with playoff games and World Series domination, in other words, being “king of the hill, top of the heap, A Number One….” Okay okay. Outside of New York, relevancy has more to do with playing your best with what you have, playing fair, and keeping a loyal fan base. Those ideas never seem to catch hold in New York, at least with the major media. That’s certainly not Derek Jeter’s fault, but if he would stop playing so well, the rabid Yankee fans would have a harder time picking bar brawls with the pure and virtuous Mets faithful.
So now taking the Steinbrennarian implications of “relevance” in stride, the New York Mets have launched themselves into sole possession of first place in the National League East, and seem to be giving us the “Monarch Notes” version of 1969, the Miracle Year of You Gotta Believe. In fact, at this writing, the Mets are ahead of the World Champion defending Yankees in two important categories. They are playing well and they are in first whereas the Yankees are a distant second, (okay 2.5 games out). The Mets have a seven game winning streak going, while the Yankees have a one game streak. Yes, true the Mets have a record of 13-9 as opposed to the Yankees 13-7, but the good news is, both teams are tied in wins.
Does this have anything to do with the precipitous fall of those performance-enhanced pinstriped “suits” working over at Goldman Sachs (and other banksters) and the rise of the everyday proletariats like Ike Davis and Mike Pelfrey, as defended by the SEC umpires? It does if you think it does. Meanwhile, I’m stocking up on salted peanuts in the shell and hotdogs with mustard and I’m getting ready to watch the whole battle from the safety of my TV set. I’m referring to the SEC vs Goldman Sachs battle, but I will agree to follow the Mets this year as well as long as there is electricity for the radio and TV to run after the global stock market crash.
Speaking of relevancy and electricity, I think the Mets electrifying surge to first place is very relevant. I think that this is the year America will turn away from the inflated home run numbers of steroids, the inflated empty profits of the stock markets of deception, and get back to real, earth-based values, fundamentals such as trade in real goods and services, and bunting, hit and run, and stealing bases. And I think the Mets are very relevant in that regard. In the last ten days since Ike Davis joined the Mets and the SEC came down hard on Goldman Sachs, the good guys have been looking great on the bases, making bold but calculated risks on the basepaths, and winning ballgames the old fashioned way, with their arms and legs. I think that after a market correction of mammoth proportions, world markets will get back to fundamentals and make money the old fashioned way, by helping their customers instead of betting against them.
Ike Davis started with the team on Monday April 19th, only three days after the news about the SEC suit against Goldman Sachs, and got two hits in his first game. Isaac Benjamin Davis now has 11 hits, 3 doubles, 1 homer and 6 RBI’s in ten games, batting .355. He has also turned in at least two spectacular plays. The Mets revealed his might on the first night of their first home stand, and went 9-1 on the stand, the finest homestand in Mets franchise history, tied with the Miraculous Mets of August 1969, and the Mets of September 1988 who also went 9-1.
Our new first baseman is not the first Ike Davis in baseball; there was a shortstop on the Washington Senators in 1919 named Isaac “Ike” Davis, who was later traded to the Chicago White Sox. But this is not your father’s (or grandfather’s) Ike Davis. They call this the “Ike Davis Era” for a reason. This year promises to be one of surprises and reversals of fortune. I sincerely hope the Yankees stay in business, they are a lovely team, but in the words of Bob Dylan “those who were first will later be last, for the times they are a changin’.” Let’s hope the reverse is true for the Mets. They’ve been in last long enough for my musical tastes!
Here’s the pan-MLB standings as of this moment:
Tampa Bay 16-5 .762
Minnesota 14-7 .667
St. Louis 14-7 .667
NY Yankees 13-7 .650
San Diego 13-8 .619
NEW YORK METS 13-9 .591
San Fran 12-9 .571