Let me start out by saying “kudos” to the fans at Shea last night for not booing Carlos Delgado. It’s time we put this whole thing behind us, once and for all, and just root, root, root for the home team! And just to set the record straight, I never said booing was nice. I don’t boo players. But the same way booing is not nice, neither is ignoring the fans when they want a curtain call. Two wrongs don’t make a right. I don’t agree with booing and I don’t agree with Delgado not giving a curtain call. I think we, as bloggers, need to choose our words more carefully when criticizing the tendencies of other fans. It’s okay to disagree. But since we all share one common goal (to bring a World Championship to Flushing) we should respect and appreciate each other’s opinions.
As far as the players go, they need to remember that playing professional baseball is a privilege, not a right. It is because of us, the fans, that they are able to do what they love for a living and never have to work again. They are living the life they live partly because of the talents they possess, and partly from the support the fans give them.
Great performance by Jose Reyes last night, getting on base six times. Although he was the one who caused the game to go into extra innings, his offensive show was worth it, since the Mets did win.
Endy Chavez had three hits on the night, proving that he could be the stand-in guy when needed. David Wright had the game-winning hit, hopefully breaking him out of a 3-for-30-something slump.
Duaner Sanchez and Billy Wagner had their first taste of trouble this year, although Wagner’s was due to Reyes’ ninth inning throwing error. But they each managed to get out of it. It was nice to see Wagner pitch the 10th inning as well. Great job by Willie using his pitchers last night.
Johann gave a solid performance. As SNY’s Ron Darling put it, he was changing his pitch sequence with every hitter, making it hard for them to predict what was coming. You know, I was never a fan of pitching. I always took pleasure in the offense. But I really enjoy watching Santana on the mound.
Hopefully the Mets can take the final game of this rain-shortened 2-game set this afternoon at Shea, and head to Arizona with a winning momentum. Let’s Go Mets!!