I am always thinking about ways to enhance and improve the blog. I like the little snippets This Day in Baseball History and They Said It … I am thinking of combining the two and adding some other trinkets in one larger post. This could work. Tell me what you think. Several small posts or one big post?
This Day in Baseball History
The Mets were filled with hope on this day in 2006, even after knowing Orlando Hernandez wouldn’t be available for the playoffs. Hernandez pulled a muscle running and would be scratched from the rotation.
The Mets opened their National League Division Series with a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Shea Stadium. Carlos Delgado had four hits, including a homer, and Cliff Floyd also homered to power the Mets. David Wright added three RBI.
DELGADO: Big day vs. Dodgers
Guillermo Mota would get the victory in relief.
The game will always be remembered for the relay from Shawn Green to Jose Valentin to Paul Lo Duca that nailed two Dodgers at the plate.
The Mets would go on to sweep Los Angeles, but lose in the NLCS to the St. Louis Cardinals, with Game 7 ending when Carlos Beltran took a third strike on a nasty curveball from Adam Wainwright.
The Mets were filled with such promise then and entered the following season as heavy favorites to reach the World Series. However, the Mets blew a seven-game lead with 17 remaining and their playoff window further slammed shut with another collapse in 2008.
They are a reeling franchise today.
They Said It
As this miserably disappointing season draws to a close, there has been wonder of what torturous way the Baseball Gods would end this mess known as 2009.
Said David Wright: “We already had a game-ending triple play. I’m excited to get it over with.”
While it is a season the Mets would love to forget, it will always be one they’ll forever remember.
In addition to that game-ending triple play, there were other memorable moments, such as Luis Castillo’s dropped pop-up at Yankee Stadium; Daniel Murphy’s dropped fly ball that let in the winning runs in a game at Florida; Ryan Church’s failure to touch third base in Los Angeles; a wild-pitch by Sean Green to lose a game in Philadelphia; blowing a five-run lead in a loss to the Pirates; losing two games in one week on grand slams; Francisco Rodriguez’s meltdown in Washington; and Mike Pelfrey’s three-balk game in San Francisco.
BY THE NUMBERS
95: Homers hit by the Mets this season. They are the only team in the majors to hit less than 100 home runs. In contrast, the Yankees lead the majors with 242 homers.
A QUICK GLANCE AT TODAY’S GAME.
Nelson Figueroa has the honor of starting the final game of the Citi Field’s first season today against Houston. Figueroa, a member of the Mets’ patchwork rotation in September, lost five games for the month.
ELSEWHERE IN SPORTS
The Twins and Tigers enter the final day of the season tied. Should there be a one-game playoff, it would be Tuesday in the Metrodome, as the stadium is reserved for the Vikings-Packers on Monday night. … In an odd bit of scheduling, both the Giants and Jets are out of town today. The Giants are in Kansas City, while the Jets are in New Orleans to face the undefeated Saints.