By Mike Steffanos
Cubs 8 - Mets 6
Tonight I had to work late at the paying job. I made it home in time to watch another ninth inning "close but no cigar" moment and as much of the post-game show as I could stomach. My standard operating procedure on days like this is to watch the game, which I DVR'ed, and then post about it either tonight or tomorrow morning. Even if the game is really depressing, I try to catch most of it so I can write honestly about what I saw. You know what, though, not tonight. I just don't want to sit through Tom Glavine giving up yet another lead. On a night when the Mets were looking for their veteran southpaw to pick them up, he dug them the same deep hole that Steve Trachsel dug yesterday.
My 72-year-old Mom often calls me after a game like this because I often find something about even a bad game to cheer her up. If she calls tonight, I'm not answering the phone, because I don't like lying to my Mom.
My advice to my fellow Mets fans is to go to bed -- advice that I'm going to take myself the second this is posted. You'll wake up tomorrow and the sun will be shining. Try to forget the last couple of nights happened. John Maine tries to end the 3-game losing streak at noon tomorrow.
Thoughts from some people who actually watched the game:
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog:
...though i feel good that the team fought the entire night, i am not liking this three-game losing streak...these games have all been played rather sloppy, and with the mets constantly playing from behind...
Shari, Take the "7" Train:
You really have to be a tad concerned when two teams that do not score much end up scoring 8 runs in your house in consecutive games.
Mets Grrl, Mets Grrl:
As we were walking in silence back to the car, cutting through the parking lots and over the muddy fields, I took a deep breath and realized that the smell was no longer of summer, but of late summer, of the end of 2006, not the beginning. It's more than half over now, and now we are 11 1/2 games ahead ofthe Braves (down from 12. down from 12 1/2. down from...), and I wonder if we are both letting it slip away too fast.
Or maybe I am being ridiculously maudlin.
Probably, since earlier the Mets Grrl household bought a Sunday plan for the rest of the year - or rather TBF did, since the Tuesday-Friday is already in my name. Do I have to tell you why?
Ah, the rollercoaster.
Amen to all -- and Mets Grrl, you're right about the rollercoaster, and you actually cheered me up, a not insignificant accomplishment this dreary evening. I'm sure more of my colleagues will weigh in tonight, but I'm checking out early.
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