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200 Miles From the Citi


June 28, 2010 9:51 PM

No Coming Back

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I mentioned in the Sunday Paper that I got a new car.

What I didn't mention is the XM Radio that I have.

I have no idea if it stays with my car, or if it's a one-month trial deal or what....but I love it.  I'm sure I haven't scratched even the surface of the satellite radio - I haven't gotten beyond the fact that I have all the baseball games on radio every night.

I was out all day Monday (Tuesday, too - so multiple posts a day will start hopefully on Wednesday), but when I got in the car to go home I found the Mets-Marlins game on XM - on the Spanish station.

There are also text score updates on the dashboard.  It read:

NYM 1    FLA    4

BAJA 3RA

English or Spanish, I knew what that meant...the Mets were going to lose.


It's funny, because at Citi Field with the Mets down three in the third inning, I'd be settling in and waiting for the comeback.

But on the road, it's over.  And I'm not sure why that is.

The Mets have learned how to use their home park to their advantage, but they're a good enough team that they should not struggle like this on the road.  (The success in Baltimore and Cleveland is going to be considered an aberration unless the Mets prove they can win away from home.)

A 4-1 lead for the opposition in the 3rd inning might as well be - I don't know -  a 10-3 lead in the 9th.

So, whether they're in Florida or Puerto Rico, it's looking like the Mets' road struggles are something they're going to have to overcome all season long...and not falling behind early is going to be a big factor in helping them win.

As for me - I'm really enjoying the novelty of having all of these games on the radio. I thought there were some bad announcers on TV - so far I'm finding some real hokey radio announcers...and I can't get enough.

I'm pretty sure this won't be the last time I weight in on XM radio - I might just take some late night road trips so I can get some out-of-town game listening in.

Success on the road?  For me it's the new car and XM radio.  Maybe the Mets should try that recipe out as well.

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