My young children – I mean, the Cubs – have lost. I have every reason to be sad, but I find that I’m not.
This is a team that looks and acts nothing like the team that lost 90 games last year. This is a team that had faith, had some swagger at times. A team that was an actual team, even with all the rookies and young guys. This is a team who had fun and made baseball fun again. This is a group of guys that I can believe in, for the first time in a very long time. I can’t be sad about that.
While not as historically downtrodden and forever cast as losers like the Cubs are, the Mets have had their fair share of being woebegone themselves. For years, they’ve been the laughingstock of the NL East. The Wilpons turned this proud franchise, the team that introduced us to one of the greatest pitchers of all time, Tom Seaver, into a league wide joke. But slowly, quietly, this Mets team started to rebuild. Keeping their heart and soul – David Wright – they began to strengthen their pitching staff into an unmovable, unstoppable force. They stayed the course, building a team that worked for them, worked with what they needed, building and building until they only needed one little piece to turn into a beautiful machine. That last little puzzle piece was Yoenis Cespedes, who set everything in motion.
What’s funny, though, is that for the Mets, it hasn’t been the big names that have been getting the job done. The NLCS MVP was none other than Daniel Murphy, a man whose own father didn’t think he’d ever reach the big leagues. Murph is the first player in postseason history to hit a home run in six consecutive games. What an amazing feat that is, and the World Series is yet to come.
Congrats to the National League Champions, the New York Mets. Good luck.
11 thoughts on “The Midnight Snack – Wednesday”
Hate to say it, but I hate the Wilpons enough that I’ll be pulling for whoever wins the AL now.
I don’t give any shits about the Wilpons, but I’ll definitely be pulling for the AL representative as well.
I hope that representative is the Blue Jays, for two reasons –
1) Fuck the Royals in all their holes.
2) That will mean the ALCS has gone 7 games, so whichever team wins is still in the everyday-ish habit of playing baseball, while the Mets will have been sitting around and hopefully getting stale and sedentary. Also, that delay will likely run out the clock on whatever deal Murphy made with that Eldritch Abomination and he can go back to being a normal human being instead of the soulless, supernaturally-powered beast that he was during the NLCS.
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And you know I’ll be rooting against you.
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I am fine with the Royals or Jays. Both teams have some obnoxious players, cheap ass corporate style ownership, and have played some fun to watch games. I don’t really care which one wins now. I might slightly prefer the Royals, but only because its been longer since they won it all.
I’m not bummed that the season is over. This may be hard for some to believe, but I’m kinda used to seeing other teams continue playing baseball after the Cubs’ season is over.
I’m just bummed at how the season ended. The Mets scored as many runs in Game 4 as the Cubs did in the entire series. The defense, especially the “graceful” dives of Schwarber, was not a plus.
Thanks, prof. The Cubs and their fans have lots of reasons to be optimistic about the future and they have nothing to be ashamed about this season.
I’m very proud of the Mets. Even last night, I thought they’d find some way to fuck this up. They’ve been the LOLMets for a reason. Their young pitching arms are lethal and other teams can discount them at their own risk. While the days off may cancel Murphy’s Faustian contract, I think Harvey’s soreness will benefit from the rest.
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You’re welcome. I’m friends with a few Mets fans, so there’s no real animosity between us. Also Jacob deGrom is life, let’s be honest here.
Tell me there’s a fan t-shirt of all that “show hair” as Rod Allen calls it.
Whoa, lookit the size of that Harry Winston ad. I’d say that’s a very sad “front page” but maybe it’s meant as a commemorative to be folded over. I can’t imagine looking at it why papers are dying.
Well… It is the Trib.
Honestly, the Whidbey Times has a better front page (and smaller news). But, you know, Harry Winston, ooh la la…or something.