By Joyce Mandelkern
While I am probably happier than anybody that the Mets made mincemeat of the Yankees, I'm also going to be a bit of a killjoy and say that we have bigger fish to fry. Don't get me wrong, I am thrilled we won both games in convincing fashion and beat both Pettitte and Wang. However, as far as I'm concerned, taking the series from the Braves, in Atlanta, would mean much more to our team.
Forgive me for stating the obvious, but here goes:
First of all, I want to pound Tom Glavine. Yes, I am a bad person. There is no need to tell me, I am fully aware of the fact that when it comes to sports, I am a bad loser, a bad winner, and in general, a bad person. I believe in payback and in this case, the good news is that even if we score 100 runs off of him, he won't be devastated, so if he won't be devastated, how badly should I feel? I only hope he pitches for the Braves as well as he pitched for us in his last outing against the Marlins.
Secondly, it is the Braves. Division rivals. In Atlanta. We've been over this before and I hate repeating myself, but you all know how important it is to beat your hated division rivals, especially when their stadium has been your house of horrors for how many years? Let's try to put some distance between us and other teams when and where we can. It would be a statement win.
Thirdly, if we win this series we keep the media and therefore the pressure the media creates at bay. If we lose this series it all starts all over again. Any good that was done by winning the two games against the Yankees will be undone and we will be back to where we were after losing 3 of 4 to the Nats. At some point this team needs to string together wins and series wins and now is as good a time as any. Good teams do this, by the way.
Lastly, Larry Jones. Need I say more?
I keep waiting for us to go on a run, to make the big push, to take off. It feels like I've been waiting since last June for that to happen. It felt so good to play well and win. I'm on a natural high today. I don't want the drama of last week. Like all of you, I just want the team to play well and focus. I want them to want it as badly as we want it. Maybe I live in a dream world, but if they do those things, then hopefully the rest will take care of itself. It sounds so simple, doesn't it? They really should give it a try. It couldn't hurt.