MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 24: Pitcher Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins jokes with fans prior to his team playing against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on September 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 2-1 to give Miami 100 losses for the season. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Chasing Joy

Why do we love baseball? I don’t think it’s a stretch for me to speak for everybody in this instance. But at least for me, it’s that search for those moments of joy that come during a season. Those moments that make you smile, laugh, walk a little crisper the next day in front of […]

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Travis d'Arnaud #18 of the New York Mets grounds out to end the game for a 10-8 loos against the Philadelphia Phillies  during their game at Citi Field on September 24, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Losing The Damn Thing

I should probably thank the Uber driver for making us wait 15 minutes before cancelling on us, and making us take the bus and then walking home. It meant that we got home not in time for the start of the game, but in time for the bottom of the first. I was greeted by […]

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Gabriel Ynoa #63 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on September 23, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Adventures Of Johnny Halfstaff

I have to give Terry Collins credit for something. Yes, my head was spinning when Gabriel Ynoa was pulled after just two innings. My first thought, of course, was that Ynoa was in an ambulance headed for St. John’s Hospital. (Then, of course, to Elmhurst Hospital after the Mets realized that St. John’s has been […]

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 22:  Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the New York Mets celebrates with Yoenis Cespedes #52 after hitting a game winning walk-off three run home run in the bottom of the twelfth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on September 22, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Still Exhausted

Your browser does not support iframes. I know I’m a little late with this, but I’m still exhausted over the ups and downs of last night’s incredible victory over Philadelphia. There were a lot of things to dissect, and they would have been had the Mets lost. But after the tying blast by Jose Reyes and […]

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21:  Ender Inciarte #11 of the Atlanta Braves celebrates with Matt Kemp #27 after he robbed a home run to end the game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 21, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The Butt End Of A Broom To The Chops

I don’t know if I’m going to ever be calm enough to put together something that’s elegant, so I’ll just throw some stuff out there: First off, replacing Addison Reed with Josh Smoker in the top of the 8th to face Freddie Freeman (who got a base hit to set up the tying run to […]

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Jay Bruce #19 of the New York Mets reacts after he grounds out to end the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves on September 20, 2016 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Lots Of Thuds

Last night’s 5-4 loss to the Braves was difficult for many reasons … not the least of which was the fact that a 7-6 record to host the wild card game was laid out for them, and they start the Braves series with two losses. It was also difficult because you knew that throwing Jerry […]

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on September 19, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Where’s My Line?

Sorry to be away for a couple of days. Have had to deal with some technical difficulties. And that isn’t slang for something more personal that I’m hiding from you. The difficulties really are technical in nature. But I’m sure you saw that the Mets completed their sweep of the Twins with Gabriel Ynoa on […]

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17:  Curtis Granderson #3 of the New York Mets is doused with Gatorade after his twelfth inning game winning home run against the Minnesota Twins by teammate Yoenis Cespedes #52 at Citi Field on September 17, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Busting Through That Playoff Door

You need appetizers before the main course. So here are my appetizers from Saturday’s game: In the top of the fourth with the Twins already getting one across, Seth Lugo was facing Brian Dozier with two outs, runners on second and third, a 3-0 count, and Joe Mauer on deck. For me, with Dozier having […]

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Last Layup

Remember when you were young and you were in the gym playing basketball … and when you were done, you always wanted to hit your last shot so, of course, you wanted it to be a half-courter or at least a three from the top of the key. But you kept missing every one and […]

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 14: Manager Terry Collins #10 of the New York Mets sits in the dugout before the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 14, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Wash

The good news is that at least the Mets lost to the Nationals, who are pretty good … while the Giants got swept by the Padres in their own version of giving their bullpen scissors and encouraging them to run. The Mets, Giants, and Cardinals all lost on Wednesday, so as Snoop Manuel would say: […]

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 13:  T.J. Rivera #54 of the New York Mets celebrates with Asdrubal Cabrera #13 after hitting what would become the game-winning home run in the tenth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. It was his first career home run. New York won the game 4-3.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The Gauntlet Of Emotion

Hey remember when I was making a funny about Tim Tebow signing with the Mets, and he actually did sign with the Mets? I don’t bring this up to talk about Tim Tebow again, but rather to bring up an innocuous line in that post that actually came true and bit me in the ass: […]

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 12:  Rafael Montero #50 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 12, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

This One Deserves An Apology

We now go live to the Mets’ post game news conference after their 8-1 loss to the Nationals on Monday night: https://youtu.be/QhW66ti5NRY But can Tim Tebow teach Rafael Montero to have better control? Or to not give up home runs to opposing pitchers? Ugh. The Mets now must go 11-7 for the magic number of […]

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 11:  The New York Mets stand for the national anthem during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 11, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

A High Note And A Tear Closes Out Turner Field

I won’t say it’s fitting, because that almost has the connotation of closure. And for so many of us that still feel hurt by what happened 15 years ago, there is no real world closure. But there was a somber symmetry to the Mets’ final game at Turner Field landing on September 11th. And even […]

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 10: Travis d'Arnaud #18 of the New York Mets checks on Wilmer Flores after Flores was involved in a collision at the plate (where he was out) against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Turner Field on September 10, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves won 4-3 in extra innings. (Photo by Kevin Liles/Getty Images)

The Wild Card Crawlers

They had to lose sometime. And yes, the Braves are still fighting for their jobs and their baseball lives out there. So it shouldn’t hurt all that much. But every loss down the stretch is like a shot to the heart, and if you’re Wilmer Flores, you’re too late to the plate. Not that it […]

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 09: Centerfielder Curtis Granderson #3 of the New York Mets (left) is congratulated by left fielder Yoenis Cespedes #52 after Granderson hit a 2-run home run in the sixth inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 9, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Your Sorcerers Are Powerless Now

When Turner Field was Turner Field (and when the Braves were the Braves), it was a torture chamber for the New York Mets. They were 65-105 entering Friday night, with many unfathomable losses among those 105. But as the lame duck status of this ballpark has set in, the Mets are taking advantage of the […]

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 07: Kelly Johnson #55 of the New York Mets tags out Scott Schebler #43 of the Cincinnati Reds trying to steal second base in the second inning at Great American Ball Park on September 7, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Amazing Race Is Now Officially Amazing

Saw a tweet today that resonated with me. I’ll share with you now … It’s so true, and never more so than September 7th, 2015. It was never more so than when Cristhian Adames hit the top of the wall against Joe Nathan (who, yes, is still in the league) and I was crossing 71st […]

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 6:  Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets chases down a fly ball for an out in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 6, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. New York defeated Cincinnati 5-3.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Your Friends Are Still In This

I want to talk about how the Mets are firing on all cylinders. How the home run is back … how Yoenis Cespedes has the clutch gene with his seventh inning blast to put the Mets in the lead for good … how Alejandro de Aza is even chipping in … how Rafael Montero has […]

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 05: Matt Reynolds #15 of the New York Mets singles to center field to drive in a run against the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park on September 5, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Mets defeated the Reds 5-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The “Rested” One

Steve Gelbs enlightened us as to the path of Matt Reynolds to Monday’s affair with the Reds. He took a red eye from Salt Lake City to Boston, landed at 6:15 AM, then took a flight to Cincinnati so that he could play for the Mets in their afternoon game. Now think about it: The […]

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