October 7, 2010 9:06 PM
It's that time of year.
Playoff baseball without the Mets.
There's a party for all of my friends and I'm not invited.
This year, it's bad enough the Mets aren't in the post-season...but it seems like everything that is happening is a direct slap in the face to Mets fans.
I know, sour grapes - just me feeling sorry for myself again.
But you knew it was coming, didn't you?
It's bad enough the Phillies and the Yankees are in the playoffs while the Mets are not - that in and of itself hurts Mets fans. But then both teams win. Both with their big money aces on the mound in dominating fashion - not quite what the Mets have gotten out of Johan Santana.
And then Roy Halladay throws a no-hitter?! Not sure if you're aware of this - it probably hasn't come up much in this "Year of the No-Hitter" - but the Mets have never had a no-hitter in their 50-year history. Halladay had his perfect game in the regular season, and now becomes the second player ever to throw a no-hitter in the post-season. Slap in the face.
Then, Jeff Francoeur. He doubled home the first run in the Rangers' series-opening win against Tampa. He didn't play in Game 2 - but he's now a win away from the League Championship Series. Slap in the face.
The Rays have sustained success in ways the Mets haven't the past few years. The Braves are back in front of the Mets in the standings - the Mets didn't take advantage of the too-short window they were better than Atlanta. The Twins are division champs in the year their new ballpark opened - What I thought the Mets should have been a year ago. Slap in the face. Slap in the face. Slap in the face.
It'll get worse before it gets better. The deeper the Phillies go in the playoffs, the more I'm reminded that Philadelphia has just dominated ever since the Mets had their great season that ended in disappointment four years ago.
And the Mets? Well, they won't change anything until they win again. And who knows when that will happen next.