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   1. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 02:18 PM (#2177606)
And here we go. The greatest magic number of all, Pedro back on the mound, a season's worth of wonderful games and great performances all leading to this. A game some of us (if we're old enough) have been waiting 18 years for the Mets to play.

Here's hoping they win, that the biggest contributions come from the guys who've meant the most all year (that means you, Carlos # 1, Jose, and David), that Pedro pitches well (and holds up), that he is able to go five and get the "W," and that it isn't too hard for poor Xavier Nady to watch from the opposite dugout.

And if the Mets don't win, I hope the Phillies do. I want to clinch on the field, not on the scoreboard.
   2. Old Matt Posted: September 15, 2006 at 03:04 PM (#2177649)
I never thought I'd see the day.
   3. Free Rob Base Posted: September 15, 2006 at 03:23 PM (#2177668)
Tonight's the night.
   4. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 03:55 PM (#2177687)
Tonight's the night.

It's gonna be alright.
'Cause I love ya' baby.
Ain't nobody gonna stop us now!

By the way, I'm glad the Phillies' game starts an hour later than ours. Assuming no extra innings or rain delays or stuff like that, we should end first. If we win, ours should be the clincher, even if the Phillies lose.
   5. Free Rob Base Posted: September 15, 2006 at 04:31 PM (#2177722)
I hope tonight's party in Pittsburgh does not trigger something from years gone by and send Hernandez back into the "Wilderness."
   6. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 05:19 PM (#2177753)
Well, considering today's my b-day, I guess the timing couldnt have been better. Plus, not only do I not work today, but I can watch the game before going out at night.
   7. Old Matt Posted: September 15, 2006 at 05:38 PM (#2177775)
I hope tonight's party in Pittsburgh does not trigger something from years gone by and send Hernandez back into the "Wilderness."

I'd love to see Keith just go crazy when partying with the players.
   8. billyshears Posted: September 15, 2006 at 06:35 PM (#2177850)
Let's go Mets.
   9. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 06:59 PM (#2177873)
This day came a lot quicker than I ever thought it would.
   10. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 07:11 PM (#2177897)
This day came a lot quicker than I ever thought it would.

Lee Jenkins has a nice column in this morning's Times to that effect: given where the franchise was two years ago, it is nothing short of amazing that this has happened.

A lot of us were (totally justifiably) very harsh towards the Wilpons for the way they ran the franchise, and the state of disrepair and dysfunction that marked the entire operation. Most, if not all, of use doubted a turn-around could happen under their stewardship.

Well, you know what? It has. They got a ton of blame for what had gone on before, and they should get credit for fixing it. For understanding the mistakes they'd been making and learning from them, for picking the right guy to run the operation, for cleaning up the lines of authority, and for committing the resources.

It's not just on the field. As Jenkins' column notes, it's the training and medical staff. It's the scouting, including the international side of things. It's the business side, with the network and the stadium. It's the overall understanding of how to take advantage of the market position they enjoy.

There is still work to do to make it a model franchise, and a perennial contender. But wow, what a turn-around from where they were. Brilliant.
   11. Hubie Brooks (Not Really) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 07:18 PM (#2177907)
Long time coming.

I was there on 9/22/1988.

I never thought it would take this long to get back.

This has been a Met season for the ages, Thank You Omar.
   12. Joshemy Posted: September 15, 2006 at 07:50 PM (#2177943)
Pedro is the awesomeness.

Actually, this whole season so far has been the awesomeness.
   13. Banta Posted: September 15, 2006 at 08:03 PM (#2177949)
Wow, it's amazing how perfectly today is shaping up. The Phillies are playing at 8, so the Mets should be able to finish this game before the Phillies do.
   14. Banta Posted: September 15, 2006 at 08:06 PM (#2177953)
Well, now I see that Sam already made my post!
   15. David Wrightwing obstructionist Posted: September 15, 2006 at 09:09 PM (#2178019)
Lets Go Mets!

I want to make this official.

Then I want to see some Humber, Pelfrey and Milledge but still plenty of Jose!
   16. Urban Faber Posted: September 15, 2006 at 09:21 PM (#2178037)
Congrats in advance, Mets fans, on the division title.

The last five years, and I'm bolding that to make it sound like Thom Brennaman or someone else obnoxious, a manager who has never managed in the postseason before has won the World Series. Looks like there's only going to be one guy who fits that description this year.
   17. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 10:05 PM (#2178075)
a manager who has never managed in the postseason before has won the World Series.

So let's all root for the Marlins to keep on fading . . . .
   18. PatrickInTheWoods, Apostate Posted: September 15, 2006 at 10:09 PM (#2178079)
This Phillies fan would like to congratulate the Mets on a job well done (ahead of time). You've finally vanquished the godless Braves, a feat my star crossed Phils never seemed up to accomplishing, even though they gd well should have.

I better get outta here before I embarass my self any more...
   19. HowardMegdal Posted: September 15, 2006 at 10:23 PM (#2178092)
Wow, kind words from a Phillies fan. On my way home tonight, I expect a homeless man to give me money.

I can only assume the goodwill I feel toward your kind will be shattered Sunday at the Giants/Eagles game.

How are you guys celebrating, by the way? I'm going home to experience the win with my wife and parents. We're not champagne drinkers. We don't own fireworks. I need to mark this in some way besides having worn my Mr. Met hat all day...
   20. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 10:39 PM (#2178098)
i'll be watching the game instead of going out tonight.

of course, everyone else will be studying, so it's not like i'm giving up much :(
   21. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 10:48 PM (#2178104)
How are you guys celebrating, by the way?

I already had a perfect dinner -- sushi.

Other than that, just getting ready for tomorrow night. The first time the new boyfriend (can 40-somethings have boyfriends?) is coming over for dinner. Big step.
   22. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 10:48 PM (#2178105)
btw, something i've noticed about the mets. they're relentless. they always go for the win, even though they can coast. the best example of that was in Florida this week, against a team in the wild card race. the mets fell behind in the middle game, loaded the bases, and only got one run. most teams, that would have been it. but the mets ended up tying the game the next inning on a Delgado homerun, and went on to win.

they don't #### around.
   23. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 15, 2006 at 10:55 PM (#2178108)
I'll be here watching the game wearing my Pedro shirt.
   24. HowardMegdal Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:01 PM (#2178111)
"I already had a perfect dinner -- sushi."

A celebration in and of itself.

"The first time the new boyfriend (can 40-somethings have boyfriends?) is coming over for dinner. Big step."

Good luck! Two questions- what do you do if the Mets don't clinch tonight? And what are you making/bringing in?
   25. Banta Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:01 PM (#2178112)
Thanks to all the nonMet fans who have stopped by to congratulate. Very nice.

How are you guys celebrating, by the way?

I plan on having a massive coronary.
   26. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:01 PM (#2178113)
How can they use the Buccos' feed for this game!?!?! Freaking MLB.tv
   27. Banta Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:03 PM (#2178114)
How can they use the Buccos' feed for this game!?!?! Freaking MLB.tv

Man, that sucks for you guys.
   28. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:03 PM (#2178115)
you cooking, sam?
   29. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:05 PM (#2178118)
How can they use the Buccos' feed for this game!?!?! Freaking MLB.tv

Extra Innings too. ####.
   30. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:05 PM (#2178119)
damnit, i want the mets announcers!
   31. Banta Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:06 PM (#2178121)
It's funny, this the first time all year that we've had our complete Game One lineup on the field, including Pedro. The Mets HAVE to win this game. I can't imagine it going any other way.
   32. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:07 PM (#2178122)
you cooking, sam?

Grilling steaks.
   33. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:08 PM (#2178124)
Two questions- what do you do if the Mets don't clinch tonight?

Let's see. First "night in" with a handsome, wonderful guy. What do you think I'm going to do? ;-)
   34. Urban Faber Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:09 PM (#2178125)
That blows. I hope ESPN News or someone picks it up after they clinch.
   35. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:10 PM (#2178128)
What do you think I'm going to do?

The only acceptable answers involve watching the game.
   36. HowardMegdal Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:11 PM (#2178129)
"First "night in" with a handsome, wonderful guy. What do you think I'm going to do? ;-)"

All I'm saying is, you need to evaluate- Mets haven't clinched the NL East in 18 years. Do handsome, wonderful guys come along that infrequently?
   37. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:11 PM (#2178130)
I'm also "grilling the steaks" with my girl tonight.
   38. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:12 PM (#2178131)
The only acceptable answers involve watching the game.

Afraid not. In any case, I'm going to rely on the power of positive thinking and hope for a clinching tonight to moot the question.
   39. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:13 PM (#2178133)
Do handsome, wonderful guys come along that infrequently?

Don't get me started.
   40. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:14 PM (#2178134)
What the hell was that Delgado?
   41. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:14 PM (#2178135)
pedro at 84. meh.
   42. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:16 PM (#2178139)
Get your body in front of it Blow Duca!
   43. Banta Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:16 PM (#2178141)
pedro at 84. meh.

I'll be concerned if he's still at 84 during his last start of the season.
   44. Orange & Blue Velvet Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:16 PM (#2178142)
pedro at 84. meh.
He's getting absolutely NO push off with his right leg. Maybe Pedro's just tentative.
   45. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:16 PM (#2178143)
Handsome guys are a dime a dozen.

Wonderful guys aren't really all that rare. Not common, necessarily, but they're out there.

But handsome, wonderful guys? Good luck finding one of those, believe me. Just ask your sisters, guys. Just ask your sisters.
   46. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:16 PM (#2178144)
consarnit.
   47. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:17 PM (#2178145)
pedro at 84. meh.

It's early. And he just hit 87.
   48. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:18 PM (#2178146)
Kellogg sure squeezed Pedro on two of those pitches. But he did hit 87 on that AB.
   49. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:18 PM (#2178147)
i dunno. i'm pretty wonderful, and i'm pretty handsome.

not so much with the modesty.

####.
   50. HowardMegdal Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:18 PM (#2178148)
"Good luck finding one of those, believe me."

This scarcity was how I got my wife, in my opinion.
   51. Orange & Blue Velvet Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:18 PM (#2178149)
Let's go Houston!
   52. HowardMegdal Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:20 PM (#2178152)
"Let's go Houston!"

Let's not. I want the Mets to clinch by winning.
   53. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:20 PM (#2178153)
his breaking stuff looks pretty good.

2 runs is nothin'
   54. Banta Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:22 PM (#2178154)
Good recovery by Pedro.

He looked off that inning, but not as off as he did during his last start before the DL, so that's encouraging, I suppose.
   55. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:23 PM (#2178157)
Hey, the Indians just got a couple of Santana. So I don't feel so bad.
   56. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:24 PM (#2178159)
You gotta remember that this is his rehab start in reality. He looked much better after a rough first inning when he returned against Atlanta and was excellent against Florida in his next start.
   57. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:25 PM (#2178160)
Overanxious by David there.
   58. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:26 PM (#2178161)
crap, i need the twins to do well in order to get WS tickets to watch the mets.
   59. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:27 PM (#2178162)
Floyd really trying to get out of the way of that one.
   60. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:27 PM (#2178163)
Now, THAT'S a pitch to get hit by.
   61. Banta Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:29 PM (#2178164)
SNY poll tonight:
Which Met do you think is most improved from last season?
A. Glavine
B. Beltran
C. Reyes
D. Trachsel
   62. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:29 PM (#2178165)
this Malholm kids got the epitome of a sweeping breaking ball.
   63. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:30 PM (#2178166)
D. Trachsel

That's hilarious.
   64. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:30 PM (#2178167)
How in the heck could the answer to that question be "D"?????

It's "C," Reyes.

Why in the heck is Green in the line-up instead of Milledge tonight?
   65. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:31 PM (#2178168)
Shawn Green looks like a Jewish Toothpick.
   66. Banta Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:31 PM (#2178169)
Maholm can't do this much longer against us, or else I'm gonna get pissed. The kid's had our number this year.
   67. Orange & Blue Velvet Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:31 PM (#2178171)
Things i'm bored of hearing:

1. The AL is better than the NL.
2. The Mets can't hit lefties.
3. Shawn Green is batting seventh.
   68. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:33 PM (#2178172)
3. Shawn Green is batting seventh.

At least it's more accurte than "Shawn Green is hitting seventh."
   69. Banta Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:33 PM (#2178174)
Thought you guys would enjoy that poll.

Reyes is what I'd say too, but I suppose you could answer Beltran.
   70. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:34 PM (#2178176)
man, i feel bad for the pirates fans.
   71. HowardMegdal Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:34 PM (#2178177)
"Shawn Green looks like a Jewish Toothpick."

I'm surprised a gang of mothers haven't descended upon him, armed with brisket. It is New York.
   72. Banta Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:35 PM (#2178179)
Oh, jesus, I saw that misthrow coming the whole way.
   73. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:35 PM (#2178182)
That wasn't good.
   74. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:35 PM (#2178183)
Oh, Pedro . . . . Ugh.
   75. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:38 PM (#2178184)
Nice work by Pedro.
   76. Banta Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:38 PM (#2178185)
Well, his fielding leaves some to be desired, but this pitching is looking alright. He hit 88 that inning.
   77. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:39 PM (#2178188)
Petey is looking pretty good.

Green hasn't been so bad by the numbers the past couple weeks.
   78. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:40 PM (#2178190)
Green hasn't been so bad by the numbers the past couple weeks.

He has if you take away that one spectacular double-header.
   79. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:43 PM (#2178193)
Valentin looks bad batting righthanded.
   80. not your average baseball fan Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:44 PM (#2178194)
I don't like this Pittsburgh feed. I hope they show the celebration on the field, although probably the clubhouse is too much to ask for.
   81. Banta Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:45 PM (#2178195)
I'd almost rather not have Pedro on base.
   82. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:46 PM (#2178196)
I'm betting against a triple here.
   83. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:46 PM (#2178197)
I'd almost rather not have Pedro on base.

Hopefully Reyes will hit a homer and he won't have to run.
   84. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:46 PM (#2178198)
yeah, i get the feeling that mlb.tv is gonna cut the celebration off. #######.

can't believe they walked pedro.
   85. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:46 PM (#2178199)
Valentin should have walked and Pedro should have been rung up.
   86. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:47 PM (#2178200)
moot point. damn.
   87. Banta Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:48 PM (#2178201)
Valentin should have walked and Pedro should have been rung up.

It looks like the ump has more of a vertical strikezone tonight.
   88. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:51 PM (#2178204)
Sanchez is a nice, nice hitter.
   89. billyshears Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:51 PM (#2178205)
How did Reyes hit into a double play? Did he die between home and first? Lord, I hope he didn't.
   90. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:52 PM (#2178206)
it's cute how the pirates have nothing to do but follow freddy sanchez's batting title race.
   91. Banta Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:52 PM (#2178207)
Pedro hits 90 on the strikeout pitch to Bay.
   92. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:52 PM (#2178210)
Pedro just hit 90 against Bay. Great sign.
   93. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:53 PM (#2178211)
Pedro is looking really really good, actually.
   94. Sam M. Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:54 PM (#2178212)
How did Reyes hit into a double play? Did he die between home and first? Lord, I hope he didn't.

No, no. Relax. He hit a hard shot right to the third baseman, playing in for the bunt. Made for an easy DP.
   95. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:54 PM (#2178213)
oh that's pretty.
   96. Banta Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:56 PM (#2178216)
Well, that was a lousy pitch. And another stupid fan.
   97. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:56 PM (#2178217)
Dammit.
   98. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:57 PM (#2178218)
crap.
   99. Banta Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:57 PM (#2178219)
Well, this hasn't really gone well.
   100. Orange & Blue Velvet Posted: September 15, 2006 at 11:58 PM (#2178221)
UGH. Come on, would you please? I don't like the idea of rooting for Houston.
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