Tuesday, May 30, 2006

That Good Ole Feeling...

Games like last night remind me not only why we are baseball fans, but why we feel these Mets are truly on target for greatness this year. We played the West's Division-leading Diamondbacks, and starter Steve Trachsel once again failed to come through with a good performance. Topping that off, Aaron Heilman gave up a 3-run homer, something that is a rarity for him, and seemingly, this was a game we should have lost, going into the ninth inning down by a run, facing Arizona's closer, Jose Valverde. Sure enough, Mr. Clutch himself, David Wright, singled in the winning run off of Valverde and the Mets came away with a victory that shouldn't have been theirs- except it was, and it is deserved, as this never-say-die team will do anything it can to get that almighty "W". This is the sign of a championship-caliber club, working through injuries and growing pains to come together in a victory that could be a major point in their season when we look back at the end of the year. The Mets are 4.5 up on the Braves and 5 up on the Phils, and we still don't have either John Maine of Brian Bannister back from the DL. The victory was also the first for the Mets in 16 games in which they trailed after the 8th inning. Jose Valentin and Cliff Floyd hit homers for the Mets, and Floyd seems to slowly be coming out of the funk he was in earlier in the season. Let's hope this is the start of something for big Cliff, and let's work on taking 3 of 3 from the snakes.

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