Tuesday, May 12, 2009

An Alternative Reality

Tuesday's game was very appropriate given the fact that it aired the same night as the series finale of the FOX show "Fringe" who's final episode dealt with the possibility of there being an alternative reality to our current world that's just beyond our reach.

Tonight's game for the Mets was very much an alternative reality to where the team was last year.

Think about it. Up by 3 runs in the 8th, a team comes back to tie it up in the bottom of the ninth. Then in the 10th inning, two outs and nobody on somehow turned into bases loaded and the best hitter in the NL East up at the plate.

That was the 2008 Mets. How many games did we see the Mets blow in the final two innings and have the most positive of situations turn into run scoring bonanzas in the blink of an eye? In a word, countless.

But on Tuesday night the tables turned and a new reality was seen. The Mets became the team with the ability to come back, with a bullpen that can overcome a bad night the day before and hold the opponent when needed.

This was not the best game the Mets have played all season. Far from it. Mike Pelfrey pitched another great game going 7 innings, but leaving down 2 runs. But these are the games that show you what a team is made of. How they scratch their way back and are able to win games. The perfect symbol of how uncharacteristic this game was is the fact that Luis Castillo drove in the winning run on a sac fly. Yes, a sac fly from Luis Castillo.

If this alternative reality continues, I have a feeling I won't know what to do myself. For the first time in a long time I found myself smiling and enjoying the moment even when the Mets were down in th 9th.

Enjoy a Mets game even when they're losing? Impossible, but true.

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