By Jack "the hack" Mason
I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack....and folks, let me be the first to say "hats off to ya!" We did it! We (you, me, bloggers, columnists, fans, etc.) have lit the fire under this Mets' team that Willie and company couldn't do. We lit the pilot light- now it's up to them to keep it going! (Okay- I'm exaggerating, but that's what a small win-streak will do to a fellow!)
Scott Schoeneweis was on WFAN a little while ago, talking with Benigno & Roberts, and he admitted that he didn't handle his injury last season as well as he could have, choosing to pitch through it while not knowing how to deal with the injury; he also said that it was a bit weird for him to pitch in his hometown (he's from Jersey) instead of being on the visiting side, as he was in Yankee Stadium when he played for the Angels, or Chicago. A great interview, and Scott seems like an honest guy with a lot of guts. The fans booed you, now they cheer- keep giving them something to cheer about, Show!!!
Aaron Heilman should start!!! End of argument!!!
Leo Mazzone should be our pitching coach!!! End of argument!!!
There's a different sense of joy around the Mets right now; the fans around me at the game last night were more easy-going and believing, and that was a nice change of pace during a season that's been a bit, well, "challenging" for lack of a better word when it comes to being a Mets' fan. Hey- at least we're not Royals fans!!!
Let's hope my "Maine-man" has a gem in that arm of his tonite- he's going to need it! From what David told me, this Kershaw kid on the Dodgers is the real thing, with a curve that makes a grown man cry! Let's hope for a 1-1 game through 8 innings and we score in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off run! And Maine goes 9!! Of course, I'd immediately run outside to make sure the sky hadn't changed colors!!
I'm not fully convinced that this team is out of the woods yet- far from it - but one thing's for sure- it's a lot more fun when we're winning then when we're not!!!! Let's get in good habits, men...and win 4 from my hometown Dodgers (and man, it's great being in NY for a Dodgers series, where almost no one wears Dodgers colors, as opposed to LA, where Mets fans make up at least 1/4 of the fanbase!!!
Hey Omar- are you listening? M-A-T-T H-O-L-L-I-D-A-Y!!!! I'm knockin' - not Denis Leary - and you'd BETTER be listening!!!!!!!!!!!!