By Matthew Curtis | Enzian Theater October 1, 2007 at 11:00AM
I must state right off the bat that while I root for the Mets in the National League, I probably wouldn't qualify as a true fan. Yes, I'd cheer them on in the playoffs against anyone besides the Twins or the Yankees (although I might be a bit torn if they were facing the Cubbies with a World Series berth at stake considering Chicago's track record), but do I get emotionally involved in their trials and tribulations--not so much. Especially when they've been sitting comfortably in first place for the majority of the last two years and have the best collection of talent in the NL. Still, my Oregon-based younger sister bleeds orange and blue and is the biggest Met fan I know, not to mention I picked the Mets and Phillies to finish 1 & 2 (in that order) in my annual baseball pool.
So I cannot believe what has transpired in the last couple of weeks. Simply (and sadly) put, one of the worst collapses and choke jobs in Major League history. The Mets blew a 7 game lead with 17 games to go by losing 12 and managing to win only 5. They actually hit OK (except when Pedro pitched well), but their starting pitching and bullpen sucked. Of all people, Tom Glavine, a sure Hall-of-Famer when he retires and one of the greatest starting pitchers of our generation, gave up 7 runs in 1/3 of an inning in the top of the first to the Florida Marlins at Shea Stadium in the most important (and final regular season) game of the year. The Mets needed a win to guarantee at least a play-in game against the resurgent Phillies, or if Philly lost, they could've won the division outright. Instead they'll be sitting at home during the post-season, scratching their heads and wondering what could've (and should've) been.
Sorry Jolie--your team is finally better than the Braves and now you have to go through this disappointment. There's only one thing left to do...Go Cubs and Go Yankees!