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Same Teams, Same Place, but the Voodoo Has Faded

Mike SteffanosSunday, April 30, 2006
By Mike Steffanos

After dropping the last two games to the Braves at the end of their last homestand, the Mets embarked on a ten game road trip to San Diego, San Francisco and Atlanta. The players seemed to have a good attitude, but we fans were a little apprehensive. West coast swings and trips to Atlanta usually don't g very well for the Mets. We wondered if all of the optimism of the first 2 weeks of the season would be smashed. Whatever happens in the "Teddy" this afternoon, I think most of us are going to be feeling a lot better about things than we feared back then.

I've written a lot of words over the past several day on this subject. Check the "Recent Posts" on the right sidebar if you're not a regular reader. I feel like there's little left to say at this point. I want this afternoon's game bad, but it lacks that feeling of desperation that series finales in Atlanta normally have. The dynamic has changed, the hex has faded away, the monotonous tomahawk chop chant sounds like a pitiful remnant from a time that has passed. The Braves may be able to beat the Mets in any given game now, but they no longer own them.

Let's Go Mets!

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I had a good result. I walked two guys, and I hate walking guys so I wish I could have thrown more strikes. But overall it went good. High-A, Double-A, whatever, it's still playing baseball. Everything felt good. Really, it was just another game.

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