Fellow Mets fans, it is with sadness that I must report that our nightmares have become a reality. The Doomsday Series is now upon us, as both the Phillies and the Yankees have earned the right to face each other in the 2009 World Series. They will be playing in the Fall Classic no Mets fan wanted to see.
I guess with Halloween approaching, it’s only fitting that we’re getting this matchup. After all, a Phillies-Yankees World Series has now completed the Trilogy of Terror for the Mets.
In 2007, the Mets suffered their epic collapse and watched the Phillies sneak up on them, eventually taking the NL East division title on the last day of the season. Like a horror movie, the events shocked us and served as a set-up for what was to come.
The 2008 season saw the Mets lose the division title to the Phillies during the last weekend of the season. At the same time, we sat stunned as the Brewers took the wild card on the final day of the regular season. Not only that, but this time, Mets fans were forced to watch the Phillies steamroll their way through the postseason to win their second World Series Championship in franchise history. All horror movie sequels have a higher body count and watching the Phillies win it all in 2008 certainly left many Mets fans gasping for air, especially those of us (like yours truly) who had 2008 World Series tickets had the games been played at Shea Stadium.
Now it’s time for the final act of the trilogy. This is where everything comes together. On Wednesday, we will see the beginning of the World Series between our crosstown rivals and our division rivals. No matter who wins, Mets fans will lose. Oh, yes. There will be blood. Unfortunately, it’ll be ours as we watch our TV screens in horror.
Fortunately, trilogies always end after the third act. Perhaps in 2010, the Mets will be able to come back and erase the memory of the 2007-2009 seasons. Then again, sometimes after the first trilogy ends, a second one begins. Let’s hope that isn’t the case for the Mets. After all, there’s no room for another Jar Jar Binks in Mets-ville.