I'm borrowing from Moses Malone' nearly correct 1983 playoff prediction (the Sixers lost one game in the middle series, so they were actually "Fo', Fi', Fo" in that postseason). I'm also borrowing from the riff our friend Greg from FAFIF put forth after last weekend's perfect results: Mets sweep, Braves swept, Yankees swept, Red Sox sweep. Last night's results were the complete flip side of that perfection; Mets lose, Braves win, Yankees win, Red Sox lose. Which got me thinking. And that's always a dangerous thing.
For a Mets fan, a Mets win is really the only score we ought to care about. If they do what we love to watch them do, the rest will take care of itself. Of course, a Mets win and a Braves loss is the icing on the cake. There's really no logical need for us to worry about what the Yankees are doing, other than six interleague games each year. Despite the fact that some chuckleheads on ESPN were debating "Who's the best team in New York?" THIS PAST WEEKEND, the Vertical Swastikas are nothing more than a team battling for fourth place with the Devil Rays. But I'll admit, a Mets win, a Braves loss, and a Yankee loss are the chocolate crunchies on the icing on the cake. And a Red Sox win on top of all those results is, I guess, the big red cherry on top of the crunchies and the icing and the cake. The enemy of my enemy is definitely my buddy.
It's only the end of May, and already, we've enjoyed these headlines in the front pages of our brains' sports sections:
METS WIN has happened 33 times thus far
METS WIN, BRAVES LOSE has occurred 17 times, not counting the doubleheader the Braves split on May 19th
METS WIN, YANKEES LOSE has taken place 15 times
METS WIN, BRAVES AND YANKEES LOSE has been the headline 11 times
And the quintessential (shouldn't it be "quadrassential?") headline, METS AND RED SOX WIN, BRAVES AND YANKEES LOSE, has been plastered across my consciousness on nine separate days, including last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This includes the May 17th Sox sweep of the Tigers.
Why is this important? In the grand scheme of things, it's really not. But when the Mets win, the Braves lose, the Yankees lose, and the Red Sox win, we move up a full game in the standings, and the YankMes sink even deeper into the quicksand of irrelevancy (or are those hundred-dollar bills they're drowning in?). That gives me the warm fuzzies.
Oh, by the way, for any Giants fans crowing about their "ace" coming in to shut out the Mets last night, remember this: that blanking raised Zito's record to 5-5, and lowered his ERA to 4.21. And the seven inning no-decision start by Oliver Perez the other night RAISED his ERA to a fat 2.69, and kept his record at 6-3. Who's worth $126 million?