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Joyce MandelkernTuesday, September 25, 2007
By Joyce Mandelkern

I am going to make this simple. For the next three days I am a huge Braves fan. As much as it disgusts me to even think or utter these words, its the truth. I, Joyce Mandelkern, diehard Mets fan, who bleeds orange and blue, has to root hard for Larry and Andruw, Huddy and Smoltzie, Frenchy, and dare I say it, Bobby Cox. I feel ill. Desperate times call for desperate measures and there are things you do for those you love and you don't think twice about it.

My Mets are running on fumes. They are exhausted physically and emotionally. There is absolutely no point in dissecting each and every game at this point. We all know what we are watching - the who, the what and the why of the situation. It is what it is. There is no longer a need to assign blame. They just have to keep working and hope for the best and certainly some help from outside parties wouldn't hurt. I wouldn't mind some luck being thrown our way either. Prayers too are welcome.

What needs to stop is the booing. I have said this over and over again this year. Yes, I know it is your right to boo. I don't debate that for one moment. All I am asking, is that at this crucial time in the season, be supportive. If you don't or can't be supportive, perhaps silence would be a better alternative to booing. I do honestly believe that every single one of those players is doing the best he can to get us to the postseason. Can't the Shea faithful be just that? For at least the rest of the week? I see what you guys see and I am as frustrated as you guys are. But booing these guys at this point just isn't right nor will it help. They are hurt, they are tired, they are overused, and they are fighting for their playoff lives.

I have not been sleeping. I imagine that the Mets are not sleeping well either. I keep seeing the video of the Phillies rejoicing in the locker room after our loss in my head and it makes my blood boil. I feel partially responsible for this mess, because at one point this season I said to Pete and the boys that if the Mets didn't win the division I least hoped it would be the Phillies because I hated the Braves so much. Be careful what you wish for. So as fate would have it, I will be sitting at Shea tonight, silently chopping away in hopes that the hated Braves will finish off the hated Phillies, so that my beloved Mets can back into the playoffs. What has this world come to? Sadly, it has come to this.

About Joyce: I am an insanely passionate die-hard Mets fan since 1962 who is also a season ticket holder and usually can't bear to look and buries her head in her hands or starts pacing when I'm home when things get tense...   Read More -->

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Comments (7)

I think at this point the Mets should look to trade Mike Pelfrey. I think he has been given more than enough opportunity to prove himself and has not shown any consistency to be considered "top prospect" I mean this guy after being labled a starter during spring training and failing miserably, being sent down, then being promoted has been awful. This guy can't last more than five innings if he is lucky. Time to say goodbye and see what we can get for him in the fall

I will be pulling for the Braves tonight too, but the difference is I will also be rooting for the Nats... sorry... but we're not dead yet!!! and ya gotta support your team. So come on, let's hear it...GO BRAVES!!!!


I read your post three times before it sunk in.

HEYYYYY....she's a BRAVES fan who wants the METS to lose!!


what??? Is that unusual?

No, we were just SO impressed with the cleverness of your comment...

recovery from a hart attack or a stroke is very differant, I think one is more muscle nd one is more brain, rehab,what first they said would take 5weeks and I'll be home for Thanksgiving from rehab, but the good Lord had othwr plans, and did it in 5days and now I'am Homewaiting for his next assignment for me. I noticed in rehab they had no christian services. they said that pastor retired and they have been seeking for someone to fill that void. I offered my services to help fill that void andthey said I was answere to thier prayersand when the dust settels I will begin a christian weekly service in that rehab center. God has prepared me with that hart attack and open hart and a stroke to be a better minister to all those patients in rehab, I now know their pain.one day they had me walking with acain and a walker device and I may have murmured in my prayer untill a man with one leg started to rehab next to me, he lost his leg in a car accident and was learning how yo use his new artificial leg.my murmurring stopped. I rememberred that saying I complained I had no shoes untill I seen someone with no feet. yes the Mets lost real bad this season.but I am home having dinner with my wife, The trees outside are changing color and a new season has begun, enjoy all the changes. thank you for all your prayers and concerns they were aLL A PART OF MY VERY QUICK RECOVERY.God bless you all. the worst is over the best is yet to come, maybe Santanna is in our new rotation next season?. take you wife or your husband,kids andthe dog and go for a walk together. look beyond troday, there is so muchahead for us, enjoy today, its a good day. please forgive me for this poor typing and spelling my brain is not to sharp yet. would you trade Beltran for a ace pitcher?he may be a chip that swings a major blockbuster trade.

I probably wouldn't do it, Al. With Delgado declining, I don't think the Mets can afford to give up Beltran's offense. I've also heard some suggest trading Beltran and then signing Andru Jones, which I think is a real bad idea.

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