Willie’s Skill at Jenga

Willie Randolph playing JengaThese last few weeks, watching the Mets has been something like watching the end of a Jenga game. The wood blocks represent the the season — little by little, piece by piece, the Mets built a comfortable 7-game lead in mid-September. The blocks were piled high, but going into the last two weeks of the season, the pieces of the tower that was first place are being taken out.

From the Wikipedia definition of Jenga:

Blocks may be bumped to find a loose block that will not disturb the rest of the tower. Any block that is moved out of place may be left out of place if it is determined that it will knock the tower over if it is removed … The game ends when the tower falls in any significant way — in other words, any piece falls from the tower, other than the piece being knocked out to move to the top. The loser is the person who made the tower fall (i.e. whose turn it was when the tower fell); the winner is the person who moved before the loser.

Let’s hope Willie Randolph is good at Jenga.

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  1. isuzudude September 21, 2007 at 4:43 pm
    where did you find that very unflattering face image of Willie? looks like he just got kneed in the groin or something
  2. joe September 21, 2007 at 8:44 pm
    duh! he just lost at jenga! you expect him to be smiling?


    believe it or not, it’s from a photo taken of him last year getting doused with Champagne after the NLDS win in LA.