Monday, October 09, 2006

Okay, I'll stop with baseball after this, I swear!

Okay, "swear" is a harsh word, isn't it? I'll try at least. But first, please read Yahoo Sport's Josh Peter's wonderful, beautiful words:

LOS ANGELES – Ladies and gentlemen, introducing your 2006 world champions, the New York Mets.

Fit them for the rings. Order the confetti. Schedule the ticker-tape parade.

What about the National League Championship Series and the World Series, you ask? Mere formalities.

On Saturday night, the Mets not only completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series but also showed why they’re on their way to winning their first world championship since 1986.

The New York Yankees collapsed. And now the Mets can motor on.

Fans of the Oakland A’, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres, go ahead and fire away with the vicious emails. I’m just trying to save you the pain and anguish that will come with thinking your teams have a chance to derail the Mets.

Oh, sure. New York’s 9-5 victory over the Dodgers was no Picasso. At times it looked downright ugly. But world champs win ugly. They win pretty. They win in every way imaginable. What they do is win, and in a three-game sweep the Mets showed why they’re not about to stop.

[On a late Game 3 surge] "When we got ahead of them, it looked like we had a chance." Lasorda said.

Fat chance.

It would’ve been easy for a visiting team to succumb to the momentum, get sucked up in the vortex of a sellout crowd, ease up and regroup for Game 4 Sunday and, if necessary, close out the series with Game 5 in New York.

Not these Mets.

"Put them away," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "No mercy. You know all the clichés. But we really believe it."

We do, too. After the Dodgers had crept out of their coffin, the Mets bullpen shoved them back in and nailed it shut.

After the game, Randolph said he was starting to feel something – and it had nothing to do with the champagne spraying overhead.

I’m starting to feel something, too. So here’s my prediction: The St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers.

Those are the next two victims as the Mets march and mug their way toward baseball’s crown.

1 comment:

Rose said...

Brian,We're all rooting and have complete faith in our NYM back here in Seaford, NY!
The challenge is there and they've proven their up to it and will persevere! Mommy