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These Mets Just Don't Dread the Ted

Mike SteffanosSaturday, April 29, 2006
By Mike Steffanos


Mets 1 - Braves 0

Prescription for beating the Braves: Take one vintage Tom Glavine, mix in one longball from Lo Duca, add a few splashes of near-flawless defense, a dose of Aaron Heilman at his unhittable best, and cap it off with our slider-slinging closer. For the second night in a row, that insidious tomahawk chop chant died in the throats of Braves fans that are losing faith in their old magic.

Larry Jones leads off with a groundball to third that Wright should have easily made the play on. Everyone in the ballpark is doing that stupid chop. This is the moment when the Mets are going to fold, and Met killer Andruw Jones is at the plate. Did anyone notice if Jones was still smiling that annoying smile of his as Matsui's relay on the 6-4-3 double play popped into Delgado's glove?

Face it Mets fans, the Braves may still be in our heads, but they have no residency inside the collective craniums of your 2006 New York Mets. Don't know what's going to happen tomorrow, but I'm fairly confident that this Mets team will not be intimidated by anything Turner field can throw at them. "The Ted" may still seem like a house of horrors to Mets fans, but to the players it looks something like this:

The Ted

Thoughts on the game

There's not much profound to say other than the obvious. Glavine was awesome. Heilman and Wagner were perfect -- on a day when anything less than perfection would have meant defeat.

People like WFAN's Ed Coleman kept telling me that I was going to love Lo Duca. Damned if they weren't right.

Winning teams have players like Cliff Floyd who contribute even when they don't hit.

Who is that guy batting leadoff that worked out another walk today?

Question for that snazzy new Japanese second baseman: Who the hell are you, and what have you done with Kaz Matsui?

Trachsel vs. Kyle Davies tomorrow afternoon at 1:05. Let's go Mets!

Box Score

Comments (3)

Just maybe Matsui is going to be the Matsui of Japan. I hope the fans give him some support. I think it would do wonders for him to feel accepted. I never thought I would say this, but I don't miss Mike with Lo Duca here. I am pleased Trachsel is pitching today instead of Zambrano,I feel we have a better shot to sweep with Trachsel. I have been a Met fan since day one with them, for me, this is the best April so far. Let's go Mets!

Mike,

Your picture had me rolling. I can't remember the last time I was this excited about these boys. Let go Mets!

Hey rev, I think when they swept the Cardinals in April 1986 that was a good one, too, but this is right up there.

Thanks, Jon. I had fun looking for just the right Teddy Bear.

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