By Joyce Mandelkern
OK. I am in a very, very bad mood. It started Friday night. The Jackie Robinson ceremony was very nice. I was very moved by it. I only wish the Mets had been. Ralph Branca was there. The man can sing a mean "God Bless America." Before the game started, the Mets were lined up on the first baseline and Mr. Branca went over to say hello to all of them. I started yelling to him to stay away from my pitchers - I didn't want any bad karma around them. Pete looked at me and told me I was out of my mind. This was great - intergenerational baseball. I was convinced this would come back to haunt us - some way, somehow. Then there was a moment of silence for the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre. I started to cry like a baby. No way this could be a good night. Pelfrey took the mound. The crowd booed Larry. You know what happened next. I rest my case. Fine, we've gotten it out of our systems, we'll win the next 2.
Saturday. Beautiful day. Beautiful game. Will the real Oliver Perez please stand up? I hope and pray its the one we saw today. I really like this Ollie. I can see he is getting a little tired in the 7th and Willie goes to get him. Thank you, Willie. I'm with ya. Gotta love Joe Smith. I am loving this team, this game. Isn't baseball great?
Sunday. Beautiful day again. OK, not a good way to start the game Tommy. I hate when you have to pitch against the Braves. And for some inexplicable reason, in the recesses of my mind, I still think of you as a Brave. I am hoping that this one run does not hold up against Smoltz, which it very well might. Thank you Shawn. I am really starting to worry about David. He is just totally lost up there. I know there are two schools of thought. Let him hit his way out of it or give him a rest. I don't know what to do, but this is getting really ugly. And we need him. Especially with Delgado struggling a bit. When we go ahead 6-3. I am cautiously optimistic. Silly me. I am now officially NOT a fan of Scott Schoenweis. He walked Chipper yesterday to get us into a mess and look what he did today. Which brings me to Willie. I would have gotten him out of there!!! He clearly had nothing. Why, why, why leave him in when he has nothing? And has shown nothing to this point all season? I don't know what to think about Heilman anymore. I do think, as I have said before, that his elbow tendonitis is worse than we know. He is not the same pitcher as he was last year. And we need him to be. Is it mental? I hope he is not going Lidge on us.
This is a bad loss. Not from a standing perspective. From an emotional perspective. We had it and we gave it back. Just like we gave it to them in Atlanta. We got sloppy in the field. We made pitching errors. We left people on base when we needed to get them home. Atlanta is the only team we have played so far this season that fights back. They don't lay down and die when we get a lead. Maybe we're not used to that. But we better get used to that. Do I think we are the better team? Absolutely. But we better play like we are for 9 full innings. And we need 100 % from everybody all the time, especially against Atlanta.
I'm not happy. Tomorrow night, they better make me happy.