By Joyce Mandelkern
I congratulate the Mets on winning a tough series. Who knew the Nats were going to throw Seaver, Kofax and Ryan against us. Or so it seemed. Hits and runs were hard to come by. Good and fair umpiring was tough to come by. Perseverance and heart, good pitching, defense, and a little luck went a long way.
And I want to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to Julio Franco. Julio, I apologize. After Friday night's game, I was railing against Willie for using Julio in a critical pinch hit situation with the bases loaded when he had other choices on the bench. I believe I said he never comes through in those situations. Saturday morning I got a call from my cousin in Atlanta, the Braves fan, and I continued my Julio Franco rant. After he got the big hit Saturday night, my cousin texted me and asked me if I felt badly about what I had said earlier in the day about him. My reply, "What are you talking about? He is my favorite Met". By the way, my cousin also said if the Braves had had Wickman last year they would've given us a run for the division. Did anyone happen to see Wickman blow today's save in Colorado? I did. But I didn't text my cousin because I'm the bigger person. For now. But back to my apology. And then in today's game, Keith Hernandez, I mean Julio Franco, made two unbelievable defensive plays that I didn't think he had in him. Two plays that I'm pretty sure Delgado does not have in him. And two plays that I'm pretty sure helped win the game for us. So kudos to Julio and a big thank you and I'm sorry.
I'm not sure where our offense has gone. Delgado looks worse than ever. I'm glad Willie sat him today. I know he's streaky so he will break out of this - right? David came through on Saturday night, but certainly hasn't gotten it going and I'm hoping that whatever they have, they haven't given it to Alou. I don't like his defense, I don't like how he runs, so if he doesn't hit, he's not bringing anything to the table. The top of the order needs to start producing. Every team is not the Nationals and if we are struggling to score against them, then I'm worried. When we had the bases loaded and no outs Saturday night, Pete turned to me and said that if we didn't score then, he was going to throw something through the tv. And he was the calmer of the two of us. Luckily, it didn't come to that.
I'm not sure where Heilman's arm has gone. And I hope I have to make a public apology to Scott Schoeneweis as well, after declaring that I'm not a fan of his. He certainly did his job this weekend. Joe Smith is the man. Tom Glavine deserved better than a no decision and John Maine was terrific. Way to make me sweat, Billy.
I was glad to see Willie come out of the dugout Saturday night and make a fuss and get tossed. I wish he'd do that more often. Heck, if he won't I will.
Bottom line, keep winning series and we should be just fine.