I have decided for the rest of the year (or at least until further notice) when doing my recaps I am going to switch it up a little more and try to make it slightly more entertaining. I will continue to do a quick recap of the game, but instead of going on and on and on about the specific details I will assume you all saw at least most of the contest. After I recap I am going to go through a few new features that will help give you an idea of what I go through when watching the telecast, and at the same time allow me to share my opinion of some of the highlights of the game. I hope you like it; please, let me know.
I picked a great game to change up the way I write these recaps, because after that game I want nothing more than to compose a quickie and go the heck to bed. It was an absolute thriller; to the fan without a vested interest possibly the game of the year in New York. But the final score read Cubs 9- Mets 6, so after 10 innings of heart-wrenching, gut-busting, tear-jerking baseball I was left with my mouth agape and my shoulders slumped.
The Cubs led early 1-0, but a 5-run 3rd inning capped by a grand slam off the bat of
The Cubbies took the lead in the 7th off
The Mets had runners on first and third with one out in the bottom of the 7th, but failed to score. In the 8th they had runners on first and third again with nobody out, and almost blew it again. They ended up loading the bases with two outs, and luckily scored the tying run when
It couldn't get any harder to swallow, right? WRONG! After
Ayala, pitching in his 2nd inning of his 3rd straight game ran out of gas in the 10th, allowing 3 runs on an RBI hit from
Where I Watched/Who I Watched With: I watched the first 3 innings by myself in my apartment on the same chunk of leather couch I have now seen about 115 games this season. My girlfriend came home and watched part of the middle innings with me, then went in the bedroom to leave me alone again when I started yelling expletives at Duaner Sanchez. In the 9th and 10th I was forced to watch standing up and pacing around my living room, throwing pillows and sulking like a baby, and I am not ashamed to admit that.
Turning Point: There were about 35 near-turning points in this game, but as much as I love him the final one was David Wright failing miserably in the clutch in the bottom of the 9th. With no one out and the winning run on 3rd Wright struck out, and that run never ended up scoring.
Highlight: Carlos Delgado launching a fastball from a rattled
Lowlight: Three hours and 7 innings after Delgado's homerun, Aramis Ramirez returned the favor with a 3-run shot in the 10th that put this long, brutal game away.
Least Valuable Player: As horrible as David's K was, and as bad as some of the pitching was, I gotta give the LVP to Ryan Church. The man looks lost at the plate, and he choked about 3 times tonight going 0-5 and failing in the clutch several times.
Post Game Depression: I exaggerate a lot when talking about my Metsies, but this is no embellishment: This is THE MOST despondent I have ever been with this team, and other than the infamous last game of 2007 it might be the most down trodden I've felt from a regular season loss in a long, long time.
Quote of the Night: "That's called getting undressed... I didn't mean that literally. It's a phrase." -Keith Hernandez, after a line drive by
Ulcer Meter (Scale of 1-5): 5++ I created the idea to do this "ulcer meter" yesterday, because I always joke with my friends that these games give me ulcers. Well I did not expect that the first night of this feature would be the most stressful game of the entire season. I guess we set the bar high, and let's see if the team can ever surpass this. I wouldn't be surprised.
Playoff Picture: I have never been a bigger
The Brewers beat the Pirates for the 2nd straight night behind
I thought I had a few more things to say, but for the first time all year I am left completely speechless...