Mets 6 Pirates 5
Finally, Mets fans have something to celebrate.
Mets Game Notes
For one day, angry Mets fans and “hataz” were able to put aside their animosity and despondency to root for one of the really, truly good guys in the game. And, they were rewarded.
R.A. Dickey became the first Mets 20-game winner since Frank Viola accomplished the feat about a hundred years ago. He didn’t just win, he gave the hometown fans a show, striking out a career-high 13 batters and gritting through a 128-pitch, 7 2/3 inning outing. It’s difficult for a pitcher to dominate a team when allowing 10 baserunners in less than 8 innings, yet, somehow, Dickey did just that. Or at least, it felt that way.
For once, the Mets supplied extra offense on a less-than-outstanding outing by R.A. Through most of 2012, it seemed like Dickey’s only chance of winning would be by shutout, or, at worst, allowing two runs. Anything more than that, the feeble Mets hitters were unlikely to overcome. On this day, however — their final in Flushing in 2012 — the Mets “went to bat” (pardon the pun) for their knuckleballing ace.
Where was this offense? Why did it take 155 games for it to emerge? Did it have something to do with the energy of the fans, the prospect of R.A.’s 20th, the lack of motivation by the Pirates? Who cares? Let’s not worry about that, and instead bask in the glory and joy of this accomplishment.
How important, and profound, was this win to Mets fans? Consider that after the game, Mike Francesa opened the phone lines specifically for Mets fans, and actually hung up on callers who tried to rain on R.A.’s parade. Francesa insisted on letting Mets fans “revel in the moment” (his words) for nearly an hour.
I will continue to write post-game recaps, complete with my usual ornery and critical comments. However, I think it best to pretend that the Mets season has ended right here at game 156. Why not finish on a high note?
Next Mets Game
The Mets move on to Atlanta to start a set with the Braves. Game one begins at 7:35 p.m. on Friday night and pits Jonathon Niese vs. Tim Hudson.
About the Author
Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.