On a night where baseball fans everywhere were torn as to which game they should watch, the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies brought it. If you missed the game, I feel sorry for you. It was a fight.
There is no doubt that fans from each team were talking smack on the trash talk pages about who would take it all. The jury is still out on that. What do I think? I’ll leave my thoughts for the end of the series.
This is the biggest series of the year for the New York Metropolitans. It is also the hardest.
With the Mets being anything but full strength, few thought the Mets could hold their own against a team consisting of Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Shane “I-Play-Dirty” Victorino.
Well, I am happy to report the Mets did hold their own. For awhile I had to wonder if Johan Santana would pull through. Giving up four home runs is never a good thing, especially against the Phillies.
The Mets came swinging for the fences, but so did the Phillies. Actually, it was the only way the Phillies could score. They attempted other ways, like trying to take out Alex Cora twice at second base to break up a double play to no avail.
You want to know how arrogant the Phillies are? You want to know how much they think they are the big dogs in this division? After Jimmy Rollins homered, he crossed home plate and shushed the crowd. I could think of a few things he could do with that finger.
The Mets showed them who the big dogs really are in this division. For every run the Phillies scored, the Mets answered. They were not worried. The Mets were confident and in charge. Nobody was coming into their home to show them up.
The Mets got it done. Every member in the line-up contributed. They proved that no matter who is out due to injuries, nobody was going to tear them down. This team got it done without Carlos Delgado and Jose Reyes. They challenged the Phillies. They proved they have what it takes to take this division.
This was not just one game in a three game series. It was an opening statement as to who the Mets, the team crippled and decimated by injuries, really are. They are not just going to lay down and die. This division will be fought until the very end…if they have to lose every guy on the roster in the process, so be it.
The Mets sent out the message. I’m sure the Phillies got it. They know the Mets are not to be trifled with. Do not placate this team. Provoke them and get burned.