Mets 2 Cardinals 1
A marathon, to say the least.
Fittingly, I’m currently in Boston, where a marathon is taking place on Monday. No, I’m not running, and not even sticking around to watch it. I’m here for business, working a different kind of marathon: a wine tasting event that went from noon to 11 PM.
As such, I completely missed watching this game — the first game I’ve missed since 2004. What a game to miss, huh? Considering that the game went 20 innings, had no score for 19 frames, and TV viewers had to endure nearly 7 hours of mindless, hometown drivel from Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, maybe it was better to have missed it.
Looking at the boxscore and the play-by-play, I do have a few questions:
1. The Mets managed only 3 hits through nearly 15 innings against future Hall of Famers Jamie Garcia, Kyle McClellan, Mitchell Boggs, Trever Miller, Jason Motte, Dennys Reyes, and Blake Hawksworth? Really?
2. The Mets were shut out for an inning by middle infielder Felipe Lopez?
3. What in the world was Ryan Ludwick doing, attempting to steal second base in the 19th, down by one, with Albert Pujols at the plate?
4. Did Jerry Manuel outsmart Tony LaRussa by holding out K-Rod until the 19th?
5. Were St. Louis fans charged double since, essentially, they watched two ballgames?
6. How many of you were hoping to see Jeff Francoeur take the mound?
7. Did the high school kids still take the field after the game, even though it was past their curfew?
8. Was Yadier Molina carried off the field on a stretcher after catching 20 innings?
Even though I didn’t watch the game, I get the feeling it wasn’t well played — so I look forward to hearing your comments.
On a positive note, we have to be pleased that the Mets hung in there for 20 innings and finally pulled out a win, even if it took two innings against a backup outfielder throwing BP off the mound. Also, we MUST be happy to have seen Mike Pelfrey suck it up and take the ball on one days’ rest (or was it two by that hour?) to save the ballgame. The fact he did so speaks volumes about his growing maturity, and goes a long way toward building respect from his teammates. Kudos to Big Pelf!
Post your comments below — I’m eager to hear your thoughts.
Next Mets Game
Luckily for these two weary clubs, the final game of the series isn’t until 8:05 PM EST on Sunday, so there will be some rest for the weary. Also lucky (for the Mets), innings-eater John Maine takes the mound against Adam Wainwright, so the Mets bullpen will get at least 4-5 frames of rest.