Shea Deserves Better Than This

An article by posted on September 27, 2008

Okay, it might not be as storied as Yankee Stadium but it still doesn’t change the fact that Shea Stadium is also closing, being knocked down, and destined to be a parking lot for Citi Field. I’m angry with the Mets right now. It seems like every year around this time, we turn into a bunch of choke artists. Johan Santana was supposed to pitch the game of his Mets career…..tomorrow. Now that desperation calls for Santana to pitch today after throwing 125 pitches on Tuesday. It could be pretty, but at the same time, the Marlins could rock Santana. And then who pitches Sunday? Ollie “Big Game” Perez? I saw what Ollie Perez could do on Wednesday. Granted, the Cubs are a much better team than the Marlins but this is a bigger game. I’d rather have Johan pitch tomorrow.

I was watching some of the last game at Yankee Stadium, and it was one of the first times I’ve actually seen Yankee fans embrace their team’s amazing history. It makes me wish we were in the bliss of mathematical elimination that way tomorrow’s game can be what it was meant to be: a day to embrace Shea Stadium’s history with Mets greats and some pretty Amazin’ highlights.

Instead, we’re still making a run for the playoffs. If we win the game and at least tie for the Wild Card, there will be instant euphoria because Shea will live to see another day. On the other hand, if we lose the game, we’ll be heartbroken. Shea would be closing without a playoff run. Another year, another punchline for ESPN.

This was supposed to be the final installment of Hot or Not. Everybody’s a Not. We need to be able to play well in September otherwise what we did in July and August doesn’t matter. Shea deserves better than this.

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