Coming From Behind

The time to get panicky isn’t now but three weeks ago, when the seeds of another dreadful Met run were laid. I remain convinced despite the evidence that the rotten offense and lapses in concentration among the pitchers is more or less just what happens to this team, and that to this point, every one of those lulls has been answered with an even hotter run, and that the team as presently constituted — despite some versatility concerns — is as prepared to get on a hot streak as any group we’ve run out there.

So I’m not panicking that Oliver Perez is back, and I don’t believe the Mets will bleed chemistry now that Jeff Francoeur is on the bench (and/or the trading block). And even though I cried for the Mets to sack Jerry Manuel in May, it probably wouldn’t make much of a difference if they didn’t make that move until October. What they need now is a solid win or two, some support, and watch it go from there.

Wanna see an inspiring win? Check out the video highlights here (good stuff begins about 1 minute in, and doesn’t stop). Dig Claudell Washington wearing No. 15 with no nameplate! He’d been with the team for a week by then and they hadn’t yet gotten to it despite playing at home the whole time. Justin Turner by the way was demoted to make room for Perez.

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by 9th_string_catcher (not verified) on Fri, 07/23/2010 – 8:25am.
    No reason to go apoplectic because they’re having a terrible road trip. The Mets a) are a terrible road team this year, b) rarely do well on West Coast trips, c) are bringing key players up to speed and d) very streaky. This trip is worse than I expected, but take it for what it is and get ready for the next hot streak, like you said.

    Just one question. WTF, Bay?

    Small Bodies, Big Hair and Other Ramblings

    Submitted by Gordon Handler (not verified) on Fri, 07/23/2010 – 8:58am.
    After watching that clip, all I could notice was how small the players looked and how big everybody’s hair was. Those were prettly lean years but at least we didn’t expect much. We played a lot of young kids and didn’t mind the losses as we tried to build a team.

    I would take that again in a heartbeat. I’d rather lose with energetic kids than with mixture that we have today. As for Jerry, I’m not a big believer in managers winning and losing games but he may change my mind. I’m sure he knows more baseball than I ever will but there are some moves (or non-moves) that are mind boggling. While other teams have a book to chart all the players, the Mets just look at their player’s salaries. If you’re paid a lot of money, you play. Pinch hitters are not used because then they won’t be available later in the game. Your closer decides when and if he’ll pitch or not pitch.

    He seems to just be stubborn when it comes to shaking things up. Maybe things will just turn around as he keeps hoping. I just don’t think that is the way to manage the situation.


    Submitted by gored82 on Fri, 07/23/2010 – 5:01pm.
    Funny, I remember watching that Hendu HR game vs the Giants on TV like it was yesterday – in 1980, the summer after my sophomore year in college…I was 20, and suddenly now I’m 50, lol…

    More on Hendu homer game…

    Submitted by gored82 on Fri, 07/23/2010 – 6:45pm.
    Here’s the boxscore, from Saturday 6/14/80…

    I Remember It As Well

    Submitted by Gordon Handler (not verified) on Fri, 07/23/2010 – 7:54pm.
    I was watching at my girlfriend’s house. Now she’s my wife of 27 years and I’ve raised two sons who are Yankee fans. My wife can’t understand how I remember specific games from 30 years ago but can’t remember what I had for breakfast today. Where has the time gone?

    Ages ago…

    Submitted by gored82 on Fri, 07/23/2010 – 8:41pm.
    How old were you in ’80, Gordon?

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    Hendu Game

    Submitted by Jon Springer on Fri, 07/23/2010 – 9:40pm.
    I’d just turned 14. As I recall it the Mets were winning all kinds of games in their last turns at the time; the Magic was Back!

    The irony…

    Submitted by gored82 on Fri, 07/23/2010 – 9:47pm.
    Ironically, come to think of it, that game was a day before the 3rd anniversary of 6/15/77 – the midnight massacre when Hendu came over in the Seaver trade…

    Good times…

    Submitted by gored82 on Fri, 07/23/2010 – 9:54pm.
    While we’re remembering the good old days, remember “Bring it home Mets, bring it home?” Here’s the opening of the ’86 NL East clincher – Eckersley STARTED for the Cubs against Gooden!

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    Submitted by gored82 on Fri, 07/23/2010 – 9:58pm.
    And I’ve never thought of this before – check out Ralph and Tim with the humongous headsets in the booth!

    When I was 23, it was a very good year

    Submitted by Gordeon Handler (not verified) on Fri, 07/23/2010 – 10:43pm.
    In June 1980, I was 23. I had just graduated from college and was looking for my first job. I landed one in August of 1980 and stayed at the same company until 2007.

    Speaking of the midnight massacre, doesn’t June 15 seem awful early for the trading deadline? Only the worst of the worst teams are out of it by then. I think more trades were done then just to mix things up a bit rather than to add a player for the pennant chase.

    June 15th deals

    Submitted by gored82 on Fri, 07/23/2010 – 10:52pm.
    I think you’re right about that – if you recall, they made the Allen & Ownbey for Hernandez trade on June 15th, 1983…I have no idea when it was changed – maybe in the mid-to-late 80s – do you?


    Submitted by Gordon Handler (not verified) on Fri, 07/23/2010 – 11:06pm.
    I’ll have to do some research to find out the reasoning.

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    I remember that game too…

    Submitted by Ranjrz5 on Fri, 07/23/2010 – 11:41pm.
    I remember that game too… the sign man held up one before the HR saying “Hendu Can Do”.
    Doug Flynn looked like someone’s paperboy.

    This is fun…

    Submitted by gored82 on Sat, 07/24/2010 – 8:18am.
    I’m enjoying sharing and comparing memories of this game…not to step on what does, but maybe this concept can be expanded on your site, Jon…

    Dig that hair

    Submitted by Stan (not verified) on Sat, 07/24/2010 – 5:56pm.
    I forgot about Steve Albert calling the games on Channel 9. That could easily be Jerry Seinfeld.

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