LOS ANGELES – Ladies and gentlemen, introducing your 2006 world champions, the
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.
Fans of the
[On a late Game 3 surge] "When we got ahead of them, it looked like we had a chance." Lasorda said.
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,
I’m starting to feel something, too. So here’s my prediction: The
Those are the next two victims as the Mets march and mug their way toward baseball’s crown.