Let me say that I really feel for Ruben Gotay. With 2 outs and runners on the corners, this 25 year old was asked to save the Mets from despair. I had confidence he could do it, but it was a tough spot for a rookie. Not to mention he was going up against one of the great Met Killers of this current era.
I thought he had him when he went 3-0, but it eventually led to a strike out. It was obvious that Gotay was upset with himself and that he thought he let his team down. He was the last player to leave the dugout, and I have to give Willie Randolph credit that he hung around and went up to Gotay to try and get the kid to understand it's not his fault. Randolph smacked him on the rear and walked with him into the clubhouse.
This would be a touching story if it wasn't smack in the middle of the greatest collapse of the 21st century. The Mets bats were not to blame tonight. You score 8 runs in a game you should win it. Maine was just not there tonight. Not sure where he was, but the man who I argued should be on the All Star team looks like he's lost out there.
Sure Blowenweiss came in and gave up what would be the deciding run, but at that point the damage was done. Of course the Phillies keep on producing miracle runs and we're only up 1.5 games.
Last night you would have thought it was game 6 of the world series the way I was waiting on every pitch the Mets threw and every swing they took. This is painful folks. And another kid is going to be asked to step up tonight in Mike Pelfrey.
Say your prayers people. And by the way is it just me or is Ronnie Belliard all of a sudden a Met Killer?