From the desks of:
HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET & BLAME CARLOS MAY
SUBWAY SERIES 2013
Mets Lead Series 1-0
I - NYM 2; NYY 1
II - TONIGHT
NEW YORK YANKEES
NEW YORK METS
Mariano Rivera will be throwing out the first ball this evening at Citi Field. Not only is that fine with me, it is the right thing to do. If you do not concur, odds are you are roughly half my age. One, I'm not trying to make a blanket statement, and second, that's not an indictment, so much as think this is mostly a function of time and change.
When I was a younger lad back in the seventies especially, and the eighties, we fans took it upon ourselves to single out visiting players we knew were deserving of recognition, and rendered our respect willingly, and may I add, without encouragement from the organization. We did it with Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, and Willie Stargell just to name a few. Back then, fans headed to the park already knowing the day or night would be special to an extent, for the way Mets fans used to appreciate visiting players. We were by no means happy they came to town and helped beat us. It had everything to do with an appreciation for baseball and the grand history of the game. This is my opinion, but if you care not to recognize Mariano Rivera tonight, or choose not to cheer him, or whatever, then the night is about you then....isn't it?
GAME TWO FINAL
N.Y. Yankees 1
N.Y. METS 2
...And take that on the way out too! Two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Mets a come from behind 2-1 victory against the greatest closer of ALL TIME! It was his first blown save of the year, and the first time ever he blew a save without so much as recording an out.
Matt Harvey pitched eight full innings, allowing only one earned run on six hits. He walked no batters and struck out ten. Scott Rice gets the win in relief however. Of concern, Matt Harvey endured three or four come-backers hit against him - two struck him. Is the book out - take Harvey up the middle? Stay tuned.
I though Daniel Murphy was going to break Valdespin's hand on the high five in the dugout after he scored. David Wright continues to have success against Mariano, and Lucas Duda continues to surge. It was good that The Duda got the game winning hit - his confidence should benefit.
Let's Go Mets!