As we bask in the glory of an ever so dramatic win last night, and take in the images of all that transpired during and after one of the best games of the season thus far, it feels so good to be a Mets fan.
Watching how Mike Pelfrey has evolved this season has been nothing short of spectacular. Every time he takes the mound he not only throws with even more confidence, but his maturation has given him a warrior’s mentality. He challenges every hitter, even the great ones all seem helpless against his lethal sinker as evidenced last night. No National League team has won more games than the San Diego Padres this season, but Pelfrey went after them and matched their ace Clayton Richard, pitch for pitch in an intense pitchers duel. There was no giving in for Pelfrey, who went nine innings and gave the Mets the ability to tie the game and send it into extra innings. It was his best performance of the season, and while he did not get the win statistically, he was still the winning pitcher in the minds of most Mets fans.
Equally as important as pitching is to a solid victory, is the winning run, and on this night it was none other than rookie first baseman Ike Davis who would deliver the lethal blow with a majestic walk-off homerun that stunned the Padres much like they did to us only a week ago.
For Davis it was just another day at the office, but for us fans we are seeing all the signs of something very special and most of us can’t contain our excitement of just how good Ike Davis really is. He has literally burst out of the gate and has been as exciting to watch as as any rookie since… well, David Wright. The thing that really wows me the most is his spectacular defense and his take no prisoners approach to the game. Couple those two things with his flair for the dramatic at the plate and you can’t help making comparisons to some of the legendary first basemen of the game. He is the complete package, and remember all that talk about Daniel Murphy deserving that everyday first base job back in April? Hardly a soul would have it any other way right now.
Now lost in all of the celebration of last night, was the fact that both of last night’s heroes, Pelfrey and Davis, were Mets first round draft picks. And how perfect was it that they were so instrumental in a win that comes while Omar Minaya is busy conducting this years MLB Draft for the Mets?
Omar Minaya takes it on the chin a lot on this site, but truth be told, Minaya has put the future of this franchise on a path toward excellence and domination with the infusion of young talent he has given this franchise which was sadly broken and in complete tatters when he took over. His ability to find and evaluate talent at the minor league levels has been overlooked and underrated. Minaya took an organization that literally had nothing left in the tank and refueled it with prospects that are oozing with talent and eager to realize their potential. What was once a barren wasteland is now a fountain of youth, promise, hope and potential.
For that, I want to thank Omar Minaya. He deserves our praise for being one of the best evaluators of young talent in the game. And while he is constantly bashed over the 2-3 bad contracts he may have dished out, something all GMs are guilty of, it doesn’t wipe away the truth that without him this team’s future wouldn’t be as bright as it is today.