The Mecca? Yes, I remember when Bob Backlund lost the WWF Title to the Iron Shiek at Madison Square Garden and Hulk Hogan defeated the Iron Shiek one month later to propel his long-lasting career in sports entertainment. If anyone made that place a Mecca it was Vince McMahon's father with his monthly wrestling cards. LOL.
I just want to say that I hope that once healthy, Angel Pagan finds his stroke and his place in the starting line-up. Let's not forget that Jose Reyes was injured for most of the season last year and Pagan stepped into the spark-plug role admirably. He hit, stole, walked, and scored as well as any other Mets player last season and I sincerely hope that he is not kicked to the curb. What's this Team going to look like if both Reyes and Pagan are running on all cylinders at the same time?
Sorry BoltThrower, I just can't agree with that assessment. Davis was definitely outHYPED by Heyward, but not necessarily outplayed by him. Heyward deserves the hype--he's a great player, but from a production standpoint at least, they didn't differ much. Remember also that Heyward was surrounded by a basically healthy Braves team (minus Larry) for most of the year.Thomasam,
Heyward got the press for two reasons: 1) he was a top prospect for a few years where Davis wasn't, and 2) he produced in April and May, and people had the early start in their minds all year.
Davis: 523 AB, 19-71-.264
Heyward: 520 AB, 18-72-.277
Now granted, you can argue that Heyward had a little more speed and better plate discipline--which is true. Overall he was a better player. However, he wasn't light years ahead of Ike.
So far this year Ike has the slight edge:
Davis: 73 AB, 4-17-.301
Heyward: 71 AB, 4-8-.225
Of course it's ridiculously early, and Heyward does have he plate discipline again, with an amazing 12 Ks and 13 BB for a power hitter.
It's also a fact that Heyward got only 2 votes to Heyward's 107...but that doesn't tell the real story. The voting has nothing to do with real performance and definitely little to do with future success. It's early still, but Davis and Heyward both look to be productive players for a long time.
Bolt, I agree with you...Davis needs to do it for a full season, but so does Heyward. He had an incredible April and May and then disappeared power-wise for most of the rest of the season. He had 10 HR and 38 RBIs through May and then had 8 HR and 34 RBIs for the rest of the year.
They really needed that win last night. Really could've won the Saturday game--and should have--but hey one out of three down there is sort of what you expect. This lineup is healthy and they're creating opportunities; now they just need to capitalize and string hits together more often. They had Lee on the ropes all night long and just didn't follow through. If they'd lost that would've made it just another frustrating game. As it turns out it gave them a chance to stick in there and pull of a close one. It's too bad Young didn't get a win he very much deserved.
Got to give credit to Beato and especially Buchholz, who really stepped up and pitched five shutout innings when they were needed most. Buchholz especially just because he needed to show that he could be big in a situation like that. After he hit in the top of the 14th it was ALL on him. Just a great job overall by the pen.
I think I had an experience like most Met fans, switching between the news and the game and trying not to miss much of either. The funny thing (to me) is the exchange with my girlfriend as I came back in from walking the dog at the exact moment the news came through:
Her: "Bin Laden was killed"
Me: "What? I was only gone 15 minutes."
It was an amazing night. I've lived in Hoboken since 1999 and was watching from the piers here--one of the darkest days ever. They closed entrance and exit from the town because it was being used as a triage area among other things. The town lost (if I remember correctly) 40 or so people, and the strangest thing was the way people came together afterward. I think it impacted everyone across the nation, but here in the immediate NYC area the spirit of helping others lasted for awhile afterward.
To me at least that's what came through last night. Yeah, it's a game between teams and fan bases that often "hate" each other...but it's sports hatred. When the announcement was made baseball suddenly didn't feel that important for awhile, and everyone considered themselves Amercians before they considered themselves phillie or Met fans. That's not a bad thing at all and in a way the real revenge--the fact that if anything coming together during this has made us that much stronger.