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Those Wacky New York Mets

April 18, 2010
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Crazy day of baseball. I went to the Yankees game today with a friend in town from the Green Mountain State. Nice game, excellent company, solid win, good pitching by A.J. Burnett. All good, but not an extraordinarily suspenseful game.

Then we get home, throw on the Mets-Cardinals game that started at 4:00 in the background, putter around the house, debate what we should do for dinner, start making dinner, think about watching a movie or something, make dinner, eat dinner, finish dinner, eat dessert, pause to check out Ubaldo Jimenez finishing up the first no-hitter in Colorado Rockies history, never watch the movie, because…

The Mets and Cardinals just finished their 20-inning game that ended after almost 7 hours with the Mets winning 2-1. 20 INNINGS!!

So many insane things in this game that was simply too compelling to turn off. The most obvious being the 3 innings (or more?) of position players pitching for the Cards, including a scoreless frame from Felipe Lopez. Third-baseman Joe Mather came in for 2 innings and took the loss. Francisco Rodriguez came in to save the game for the Mets in the 19th, blew the save, but ended up vulturing the win after the Mets scored a second run off Mather. Who got the save? Mike Pelfrey (yes, obviously Jerry Manuel likes to conserve actual pitchers to do the pitching, perhaps his one managerial advantage over Tony LaRussa).

Ryan Ludwick got thrown out on the bases at least twice in extras, David Wright was caught stealing in the 16th or thereabouts, Cards pitcher Kyle Lohse plays a surprisingly good left field, and picture the odd situation of Felipe Lopez facing the Mets’ Raul Valdes the night after Lopez hit a grand slam off of Valdes. But this time Valdes was hitting and Lopez was pitching. Valdes hit the ball and almost made it to second base, but he forgot to slide. Damn.

Anyway, a real barnburner. Oh yeah, Johan Santana started the game for the Metsies.

For those who are wondering, the Mets lost to the Astros on April 15, 1968 by a score of 1-0 in the 24th inning. Art Shamsky went 2-for-4.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kelly permalink
    April 20, 2010 10:41 am

    Thanks for a great day of baseball & hot dogs, Fat Al.

    • Fat Al permalink*
      April 21, 2010 12:36 pm

      Our pleasure. It was great to see you, and I hope you managed to get your copy of the “Freddy Sez” newsletter up north with you.

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