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  • October 19th, 2006

    Mets 4, Cardinals 2 This is it…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:11 am in General No Comments

    Make no mistake where you are
    This is it
    Your back’s to the corner
    This is it
    You make the choice of how it goes
    This is it
    The waiting is over
    This is it
    No one can tell what the future holds
    This is it…**

    The Mets did the semi-impossible last night. With the help of some reverse lock, a dash of instant NYC Karma, and just plain grit, they forced a Game 7 against the Cardinals for tonight…

    25 year old rookie John Maines, pitched brilliantly for 5 1/3 shutout innings while giving up just two hits, while Chris Carpenter gave up a homer to Jose Reyes, the 1st batter he faced… Reyes also stole 2 bases in last nights game, making him only the second player in history (the 1st was Bert Campaneris) to hit a leadoff homer and steal two bases or more in the same game.

    And the score was 4-0 until the top of the 9th, when Billy Wagner almost gave it all back…as he did when he gave up the game winning homer to So Taguchi in game 2. With 2 outs, he allowed his nemesis Taguchi a two-run double, but then managed to get out of the jam by getting David Eckstein to ground out to 2nd…Wagner is 0-1 with a 16.88 ERA in the series…UGH

    And some Red Sox news–two days in a row..whooo hooo!

    Yesterday, the Sox officially announced the hiring of John Farrell as pitching coach, replacing Dave Wallace and Al Nipper… Farrell played with Tito with the Indians in 1988, as well as with Detroit, when Farrell pitched, and Tito was 3rd base coach for the Tigers…He leaves his current job as Farm Director of Cleveland. Says Theo: “We wanted someone who could take a very broad view of the job and be able to make a real impact on our pitching staff…John has a really good feel for what makes pitchers succeed from a mental standpoint as well as a physical standpoint…He’s well-qualified to work with our pitchers on making the adjustments necessary to succeed.”

    While Al Nipper is still with the team, it is unknown if he will remain the bullpen coach–it will depend on John Farrell, and how the rest of the staff shakes out…

    Tonight: For all the marbles: Jeff Suppan vs Oliver Perez 8:05 pm…Go Mets!

    **With Apologies (for the paraphrasing) and Thanks to Kenny Loggins…

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