By Shari Forst
Those of you who know me well from the 7 Train know I hate the Braves more than anything. Even when they are in a downswing it doesn't last long. We all know when the Mets hit the wall it last for years, hence the dark periods of 1977-1984, 1988-1998, 2001-2005 and so on. I won't count from 1962-1969 because it was a relatively short time that they got themselves into the World Series for an expansion team.
Last season was the first bad one for Atlanta in fifteen years, but of course they are back with a vengeance competing with the Mets for first place.
Even when guys like Marcus Giles whose face I'd like to smack with a 2x4 -- he looked like the actor Robbie Benson had he run face first into an oak tree -- leave there are always new and annoying players to take their place. It's like cutting the head off a snake, a new one always grows back.
The Jones boys are still there-both with those smug expressions on their faces. Andruw- just annoys me by the spelling of his first name, and Chipper who loves Shea Stadium so much he named his kid after the soon to be a memory of a stadium.
Now Jorge Sosa takes the ball tonight against his former team which gave him his one great season. I hope he doesn't go to pieces like Glavine used to when he faced the Braves-those first few years it was almost like Bobby Cox was paying Glavine to lose when they played against him.
All joking and hatred aside, I want the Mets to take this series more than I wanted them to take the Subway Series. This is the one that is more important. The Mets need to exercise the demons of the Braves and Turner field and make a strong showing this week.
When the Mets can beat a competitive Braves team fair and square then I think we can all relax. I HATE that the one series they lost this season was to the Braves. I don't want them to lose to them whenever they play and end up side stepping them in the play offs like 2000.
I want 2007 to be for real-beat up on every team they can- and that includes the Braves. In order to do that Willie Randolph MUST refrain from putting Scott Schoene-WASTE in games from now on until Mota comes back.
That goes for Ambiorix Burgos too, these two are the newest version of what I like to call the "Disaster Twins" a name I reserved for Mike Stanton and John Franco a few years back. They come in and blow games open for the opposing teams. How much do we all miss Chad Bradford now? These guys have been awful. Even when John Maine or Glavine are not at their best they still manage to keep the Mets within striking distance until these two come in. ENOUGH with them. Keep using Joe Smith and Pedro Feliciano, and even Heilman if you have to.
Another key to winning this series is to put the past behind them and play like they have been playing-taking two out of three from every team they face.