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Where we endeavor to stay positive about the 2011 Mets…

Sunday Morning Musings

Posted by JD on May 24, 2009

Woke up this morning feeling refreshed. It’s Memorial Day weekend, the weather is outstanding, the Mets have won two in a row, and I’m about to hit up the Flushing Pitch-and-Putt. But before I hit the links, here’s a few Mets thoughts:

1. Has a clutch victory ever felt more like a loss? We saw JJ Putz slam the door on the Sawx and found out that K-Rod collapsed from back spasms, all within the span of 30 minutes. I can’t recall ever going from such a high to such a low.

2. Omir Santos continues to amaze. I still can’t believe that he was signed off the street. With the state of catching today, how did this guy slip through? Omar has a major decision to make when Brian Schneider gets off the DL. I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but I’m going to make sure to enjoy the ride while it lasts.

3. Gary Sheffield was huge. He worked Papelbon in the top of the ninth, finally finding a pitch to hit. What’s more, you could see how he adjusted his swing. Instead of trying to power one out with two strikes, he shortened his swing and pulled it into short left field. He took what he was given and made the most of it. Then, after Omir dropped his bomb, Sheff picked up Razor Shines coming around second and stopped at third. Too often we’ve seen the Mets run themselves out of innings. Sheff wisely checked up, knowing that he would end the game if thrown out at home. The umpires went to the replay and correctly ruled it a home run, but it was still a savvy move by Sheff.

4. Jonathan Papelbon is a douche. Yeah, he won two world series. I get it, he’s a great closer. But you know what? Sit down. Ramon Martinez and Luis Castillo combined on a spectacular play to nip Kevin Youkilis at second. Running out of the dugout and waving your arms like a jackass isn’t going to change that, and it isn’t going to change the fact that you gave up the game winning home run to Omir Santos. Go suck on your pacifier (or whatever it is you suck on).

5. The Red Sox are incredibly annoying. For the past three years, the Mets have had to hear about how childish and annoying their handshakes and celebrations are. If you go by some tabloid theories, the Florida Marlins would’ve rolled over and played dead in 2007 and 2008 if it weren’t for Jose Reyes’ handshakes. Well, what about the Red Sox? Youkilis tries to pick a fight with Santana and Papelbon is bouncing in and out of the dugout, but the Mets are the team that exaggerates? Give me a break.

6. Big Papi has clearly lost it. I’d read about it, but seeing it live really rammed it home. Mike Pelfrey absolutely blew the high fastball by him on several occasions. Must be tough for the Red Sox fans to watch.

7. Speaking of Big Pelf, he had a nice outing. He gave up two runs on three singles in the first but then really settled down. From that point on, he allowed three singles but struck out five and forced 11 ground-outs (including one GIDP by Nick Green). No yips tonight. Looks like his new technique (where he holds the ball in his glove instead of his bare hand) really paid off. Kudos to Big Pelf, and to Dan Warthen.

8. Tim Redding takes the mound today and I’m not sure what to expect. I know he’ll battle, but will he have enough to get through the Sawx lineup three times? We’ll see.

9. Sweet Caroline is an awesome sing-along-song…in Fenway. Could the Mets management please, please, PLEASE, leave it there?

10. Big kudos to the Mets fans that showed up at Fenway. It was awesome to hear the “Let’s Go Mets!” chants throughout the game, and seeing the blue and orange peppered throughout the stands was neat, too.

11. Speaking of which, how about the Mets fan that reached in on that foul ball? Unfortunately, I forget the exact situtation, but I remember seeing it. Way to help the visiting team!

12. It’s been an up-and-down road trip, but I’ll take 5 wins out of 10 games anytime. A win today would be awesome, but the Mets have done just fine to date. Hopefully, Tim Redding and the rest of the squad will pull it out today.

As always, Let’s Go Mets!

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