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The Whirled Serious


Last night I go to my wife, “Holy shit, the Mets are in the Whirled Serious.” And she goes, “I know isn’t it so awesome?”

And it is, for so many friends and relatives and wonderful people I know who root for the Mets–and who have rooted for the Mets, through it all. What’s not to like about that? It’s great for the city. Truth be told, this is about as likable a Mets team as this non-Mets fan can imagine. Love Grandy, of course, and David Wright, and my favorite, Lucas Duda (Duda’s my favorite because The Wife and I randomly went to Spanish Appreciation Night and Dominican Heritage Night at Citified a few years back and the announcer had a particular way of saying Duda’s name–LooooKas Doo-Dah–sounding just like Ricardo Montalban).

I mean, I’m still rooting for the Royals, but it’s awesome for the Mets and if they win it, good for them (I know some Mets fans are prickly about the idea of any Yankee fan rooting for their team, but lighten, up, Francis, you know? We can be happy for you, if it’s as clean as that–if it’s about something else, I can see the beef).

The real pickle would have been in the Mets played the Blue Jays. Then, for the first time in my life, I would have actually felt–even privately–some real pain at Mets pain, and that would have perhaps been too much to handle. Being forced to be a Mets fan. Even if I didn’t tell anyone, just by circumstances. Because believe me, after the Yanks’ painless exit, I was rooting harder for the Jays to lose than I’ve rooted for anyone to win.

I just hope the Mets and Royals play a long series, maybe some extra inning games. Hopefully nobody will be a Bill Buckner Goat on either side–got to say a littler prayer for that. I like the Royals, they’re fun. The Mets are fun. No matter who wins, I just hope it’s one to remember.

Let’s Go Base-ball!

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1 rbj   ~  Oct 27, 2015 7:14 pm

Via Hardballtalk, Volquez father died. I'm assuming it was today.

2 rbj   ~  Oct 27, 2015 7:18 pm

That didn't take long

3 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 27, 2015 7:37 pm

[0] Well said as usual, Alex. (and great 'Stripes' reference, I almost missed it.)

[1] Can't believe he's out there pitching..incredible focus.

4 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 27, 2015 8:02 pm

I don't know why so many players dive into first.

5 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 27, 2015 8:09 pm

He would have made to to third even without the shift.

6 rbj   ~  Oct 27, 2015 8:13 pm

Ouch, hope he's wearing a cup.

7 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 27, 2015 8:16 pm

[4] Being charitable, I'm guessing baseball players usally act on instinct despite being told repeatedly not to do it?

8 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 27, 2015 8:36 pm


9 rbj   ~  Oct 27, 2015 8:37 pm

The Grandyman can.

10 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 27, 2015 8:44 pm

FOX lost their feed? Great! I'm listening to Howie Rose on the radio, he's very good.

11 rbj   ~  Oct 27, 2015 8:52 pm

Shifts are coming back to bite the defensives in the ass

12 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 27, 2015 8:58 pm

That was an incredible play.

13 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 27, 2015 9:12 pm

The Royals are so good. Great D by Moustakas, stolen base by Cain then single for Moustakas to get him in.

14 Dimelo   ~  Oct 27, 2015 9:22 pm

I can't root for the Mets, for as much as I hate the Royals and the ghost of Willie Wilson, I have to root for them over the Mets.

I do want to see Grandy do well, a great guy by all accounts.

15 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 27, 2015 9:28 pm

[14] My pop was born and raised in upstate NY, Yankee country. But all my family in Brooklyn were Mets fans..I can get with the Mets.

Willie Wilson, Quiz, Amos Otis, Bye-Bye Balboni, concrete hard turf..those Royals teams were fun.

16 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 27, 2015 9:56 pm

Bill Buckner lives!

17 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 27, 2015 9:56 pm

Mets'll do that to ya.

18 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 27, 2015 10:02 pm

Fucking Zobrist.

19 yankintexas   ~  Oct 27, 2015 10:05 pm

[16] I'll never understand why infielders get so lazy. It's in the 8th inning of a tied WS game and he backhands it?

20 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 27, 2015 10:07 pm

How did the Yankee Clippard get so good?

21 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 27, 2015 10:29 pm


22 thelarmis   ~  Oct 27, 2015 10:32 pm

Wow wow wow wow WOW!!!

23 Dimelo   ~  Oct 27, 2015 10:34 pm

What a great game 1.

24 thelarmis   ~  Oct 27, 2015 10:53 pm

damn. good bunt. hate that...

25 thelarmis   ~  Oct 27, 2015 11:06 pm

another walk for grandy. the 3-1 pitch could've been called a strike...

wright fouling off a bunch of pitches... eventually strikes out.

bottom 11!

26 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 27, 2015 11:08 pm

GrandyMan Can!

27 thelarmis   ~  Oct 27, 2015 11:08 pm

wow. what a catch by grandy!

that had triple written all over it.

28 thelarmis   ~  Oct 27, 2015 11:09 pm

i would be fine with moose hitting a homer here. : )

29 thelarmis   ~  Oct 27, 2015 11:11 pm

scorched. and it hits the bag!

30 thelarmis   ~  Oct 27, 2015 11:32 pm

The Tolo!

leadoff man on. NL-like sac bunt.

31 thelarmis   ~  Oct 27, 2015 11:50 pm

what an at-bat by wilmer.

32 thelarmis   ~  Oct 27, 2015 11:52 pm

chris young vs. bartolo colon.


33 thelarmis   ~  Oct 28, 2015 12:01 am

the tolo - unbelievable.

this one's headed to the 14th!

34 thelarmis   ~  Oct 28, 2015 12:04 am

hosmer perfectly positioned. he didn't botch that hot shot!

35 thelarmis   ~  Oct 28, 2015 12:05 am

long out by wright. chris young at 50 pitches already.

36 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 28, 2015 12:07 am

[35] Who the effum is Chris Young??

37 thelarmis   ~  Oct 28, 2015 12:07 am

21 hits, 22 strikeouts ... thus far.

38 thelarmis   ~  Oct 28, 2015 12:07 am

[36] the ivy league dude. been around for ages. he's 6'10"!

39 thelarmis   ~  Oct 28, 2015 12:11 am

swingin' at *everything*. take a ball, dude.

40 thelarmis   ~  Oct 28, 2015 12:12 am

leadoff man on against the tolo...again.

captain america boots it. speed on the basepaths. please don't bunt him over. you should be able to steal off colon/d'arnoud.

41 thelarmis   ~  Oct 28, 2015 12:13 am

low strike called. nice pitch.

42 thelarmis   ~  Oct 28, 2015 12:14 am

base hit for zobrist.

1st & 3rd, nobody out.

hosmer up. can't imagine the tolo getting outta this...

43 thelarmis   ~  Oct 28, 2015 12:15 am

another IBB. i think this is the Tolo's 3rd one.

where's RI?! ; )

44 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 28, 2015 12:17 am

I feel bad for Wright..can Colon wiggle out of this??

45 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 28, 2015 12:19 am

Money throw by Grandy FWIW. Just too deep

46 thelarmis   ~  Oct 28, 2015 12:19 am

Royales win!!!

Hosmer lifts a perfect fly ball to right. Grandy makes a fine play and decent throw, but there's no way to get Dyson at the dish.

KC 1-0

47 thelarmis   ~  Oct 28, 2015 12:20 am

[44] even if he played it cleanly, i'm not sure he would've gotten him.

[46] it was escobar who scored. my bad.

48 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 28, 2015 12:21 am

What was that, three extras in a row with the leadoff man on? Can't keep doing that and hope to win.

49 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 28, 2015 12:22 am

I almost expect to see commemorative "1-0 lead" shirts. It's gotten that bad.

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