If you are the typical Mets fan, you had a bad feeling about this game. Once the Atlanta Braves were able to make it 3-o and Jerry Manuel pulled Mike Pelfrey out of the game, you knew things were going to go south. You probably heard that voice in your head go, “Here we go again. A great pitched game for nothing”.
Then we got to the eighth inning. The Mets managed to score two runs. Did you dare hope?
Probably. We always do. I myself got a little angsty and was not sure what to think.
Then it happened. What everyone wanted to see happen. Carlos Beltran stole third base in the ninth inning. That was the turning point for the game. Chipper Jones would argue the call. Tough! Tonight, things went the way of the Mets.
When interviewed by reporters, bitter Chipper had this to say about the call:
“The umpire got it wrong. Don’t know why he got it wrong, but he did. Never had anyone slide into my glove and be safe before. We played a perfect game and had it taken away from us.“
Well that sometimes happens. You cannot have everything in life Larry. Sometimes you get the call and sometimes you don’t. Tonight, the Braves did not get the call. On the replay, Beltran was actually out. But let’s not aruge it.
Beltran told reporters what was going through his mind when he thought about stealing third:
“I got to get to third. Score on a sacrifice. It was a close play. Thank God I got it.“
After Beltran stole third, he was sacrificed home to tie the game and we went into extra innings.
I guess I should skip to tell you how the Mets won. They won “a la Kenny Rogers”. On a bases loaded walk by none other than Beltran. He was the man tonight.
So the New York Mets are still in first place with the Philadelphia Phillies nipping at their heels.
Tomorrow is the rubber game on SNY at 1:10pm with the pre-game starting at 12:30pm. Hope you can all watch it. If not, and if you are stuck at work, do what I did: put on Gameday. It’ll get you through it.