Thursday, June 16, 2011
Mets Redefine the Term "Tough Loss"
However, these losses are unbelievable. How many have we seen this year already? How many have Mets fans seen the past 2 or 3 seasons? It's ridiculous.
Here's what had to go wrong for the Mets to lose this. First, the most reliable closer in the majors this year had to blow not a 1 run lead but a 2 run lead. Second, a "defensive" substitution extended the game on a ludicrous error. And finally it took a balk for the final run of the game to be scored. I'm not sure if a definition of a balk has changed in recent years, but I still don't get what happened there.
The Mets came back from a 6-2 deficit turning a game that's usually over by the 4th inning into a chance to win. But losing after such a great comeback tends to be even more disappointing.
You often refer to these games as being a "tough loss." That phrase is overused in Mets fandom. I don't know what to call them.