United States of Amazin!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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Did you see it? Were you watching? The Mets played meaningful and fun-to-watch baseball for the first time in nearly 6 months! It was truly a sight to see. They were hitting the long ball, making plays that would earn themselves highlight-seconds on Sports Center, and giving Mets fans reasons to believe that 2009 has only two zeros in it. Yes, Ladies and GentleMets, this season will be a sparkling success.

Sorry to get ahead of myself. Allow me to inform you what it is I am actually referring to. You probably did not know this but I am a huge fan of the World Baseball Classic (Do Not See: "Ruin my World, Baseball Classic"). Who doesn't love exciting baseball in March? Who doesn't want meaningful games at the end of the winter? Who is not interested in seeing their players represent their country in front of the entire world? (What? Stop looking at me).

If we didn't see it on television, then we woke up today to be notified that David Wright's two-run single capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth as the United States advanced to the WBC semifinals for the first time.

If we were to busy to realize, we saw this morning that Carlos Beltran pulled an "Endy Chavez" by forcing the statisticians to take a home run away from Brian McCann and converting it into an out. (We won't even mention how Ivan Rodriquez was able to take second base on a surprise sacrifice by the Wall-Climbing Hit-Spanking Beltran).

If we were not tuned into the happenings of the WBC, we were still unable to avoid hearing about Carlos Delgado's absolute smash to dead center off of Ted Lilly in the fourth.

And the corny "If's" do not stop there. There was also Nelson Figueroa who threw 2 1/3 no hit innings for Puerto Rico. JJ Putz tossed a perfect 8th inning with 2 strikeouts. And finally, Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez got the last four outs as Venezuela beat Puerto Rico, 2-0, to advance to the Classic semis.



Ah, yes, the Mets are playing serious October baseball. In March, nonetheless. But as Yogi Bera once said "real deal baseball is real deal baseball" (he could've said it, how do you know otherwise?). Whether USA gets past the upcoming semis is yet to be determined but what has been determined is that the Mets are looking fresh, strong and eager to put the Sheam (that says "shame"; work with me) behind them.

I have been told that I have wrote pessimistic blogs in the past and that I am guilty of spilling negativity into the keys that I push while I try to get my thoughts through to you, the reader. Well, you can say that I have changed my attitude on this whole Mets thing. I'm a new blogger, a shea'nged man. You'll see.

We, fans, have experienced the calm before the storm, the storm, and then some more calm. But whatever this season does bring to Queens, be it rainy times or sun-filled days, you can always remember that in Brooklyn, there resides, at least, one optimistic fan who thought all along that this will be the year that Tug McGraw bellows "I told you to believe."

Oh, I believe.

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16 comments:

Skeptic Al said...

Wow, what a powerful piece.

Eli you are now a Brooklyn legend! Together with the likes of Jackie Robinson, Yankel Fefercorn, Pee Wee Reese, Mendel the Coatrack, Duke Snyder and Charlie Buttons you have your own very special place in Brooklyn history.

Keep it up!

haraz31 said...

Keep the Yogism's coming even if they arent his they are hillarious

Skeptic Al said...

haraz31...You must be one of those people who can't stop laughing when you watch Americas Funniest Videos! With respect to Yoggi Berra "real deal baseball is real deal baseball" is not a Yogism!

haraz31 said...

AFV SUCKS I Wouldnt watch it if i was paid, eli has some good humor, dont shoot me if i like it

The Big Show said...

David Wright and clutch hits it must be March

Skeptic Al said...

Don't worry Haraz, Ill be shooting myself first.

Skeptic Al said...

No mention of Carlos Beltran 0-3 3'K...oy vey.

Skeptic Al said...

Haraz I wasnt contesting Eli's humor I was merely upholding Mr Berras honor.

Listen Blogging is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical, and its kind of draining.

Time to get back to work!

haraz31 said...

I THOUGHT BLOGGING WAS WORK

Skeptic Al said...
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Skeptic Al said...

Correct and that was my point.

Let me reiterate. Time to get back to the work, that helps pay the bills!

Eli From Brooklyn said...

It helps pay my bills. Lol. (DISCLAIMER: I make no money on this blog).

haraz31 said...

YEAH WRITE (PUN INTENDED)

Eli From Brooklyn said...

Lol. Funny you are Haraz. Let's hope we are laughing the same way come end of the season time. 18 days left...

haraz31 said...

AMEN

Yankel said...

Bravo! Nice piece. Its good to see some decent baseball played in March. Cant wait for those first games in Taxpayer (shiti) Field!!!
......btw, Eli, I hear Mike wants a partner for the afternoon shows on the fan.........