So, the Mets aren't gonna go 162-0 this year. They're not even gonna go 161-1. But we knew that already. Turner Field has always been a humbling place for us, and this weekend was no different.
Positives to take out of the weekend:
1. great efforts out of Perez and El Duque and a decent performance out of Glavine, so the starting pitching has continued to impress
2. the Mets have continued their minhag from last year of striking early on the road. They scored 78 runs in the 1st inning on the road last year. In this series, they scored in the 1st inning or the 1st two games and while they failed to score in the 1st today, they came right back with 2 in the 2nd for tashlumin purposes.
3. Jose Reyes is inspired with Ruach HaKodesh. Watching him play every day is one of the greatest pleasures in my life right now. Check out Mike Vaccaro's article from Sunday in the Post, it borders on avodah zara.
On today's loss:
As soon as they took El Duque out of the game I told both Eric and Etan that the bullpen was gonna F this game up. It just had that feel. In a game where you let the other team stay in the game by continually squandering chances to break the game open, the baseball gods won't allow you to win the game. It's that simple.
Sadly, I will be missing the home opener tomorrow because God, in consultation with the Rabbis decided that we can't have more than 45 consecutive minutes during Pesach this year that are not interrupted by issur melacha. But I'll be there Wednesday night for our very own "Orthodox Opening Day" and as always, we'll be tailgating in the parking lot before. So if by any chance, there is someone out there who is reading this who was not already on the email about the tailgate, you are cordially invited to join us in the Shea parking lot (whatever is left of it) for some Dogs and Liebermans before the frum, home version of 2007 Mets Baseball gets underway.