There's a lot wrong with the world. Unemployment is rampant, up to 10% in my home state. Foreclosures are way up--people are losing their homes. Sitting outside a supermarket a few days, I listened to a man talking on a cell phone to his friend, talking about how he's lost his house and is now sleeping in a tent in the backyard, that he still has huge medical bills to pay and doesn't have a job.
It's nice to see baseball trying to shine a light on people who have the right idea. Helping others. Finding a way to make a difference. It was something special to see a young, vibrant president shake the hand of a frail, elderly baseball hall of famer, a legend, a home-town hero. And then throw out the first pitch to a future hall of famer, an active legend.
Despite the steroid era, despite Manny Ramirez's suspension and Sammy Sosa, and Alex Rodriguez and all the money being spent, baseball is still something that's right about the world. Yes, our Mets are injured, and we bemoan our place in the standings and debate endlessly the merits of Church and Francoeur's on-base percentage and run production.
We all have our challenges. Baseball and the Mets are one of our refuges. Perspective in life is an important thing, and as much as I am passionate about the Mets and throw things and slam things when they make a critical error, I do recognize that there are more important things in the world.
We all know the Mets are a shell of themselves without Reyes, Beltran, and Delgado. We all know we would be patient with this year's team if they hadn't ruined the last two years for us.
As bad as things are for our team, for one of our passions, we still know that there is still baseball. We still live in a great country, and things will be getting better.
Now if only the National League can put one rally together and stop hitting grounders to second. Did you see Wright's throw in the first inning? Did you see Michael Young's in the bottom of the first?
Yes, David Wright got a hit that started a three-run two out rally for the National League. In the box score (which I couldn't find anywhere), it looked like a line drive. On the field, it was a broken bat blooper over second.
And congratulations to Heath Bell, ex-Met, for his stellar losing performance. I'm sure that'll go in his cupboard right next to getting the first save at CitiField. Who did the Mets get for Ring and Bell? Some pitcher named Adkins and an outfielder? Long gone, right?