Saturday, May 06, 2006

The Wright and Wrong Report: A Future Classic

During the winter of 2006-2007, SNY’s schedule will feature games from the Flushing archive under the heading Mets Classics.

This game will be among them.

The New York Mets versus the Atlanta Braves on May 5th, 2006 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York had more twists and turns than the last two episodes of 24 and Lost combined. Even 12 hours after the four hour and 47 minute marathon ended, I’m still in shock that David Wright -- who just chewed up and spit out his recent slump like a good piece of prime rib -- got the game-winning hit in the 14th inning, once again proving he is the Braves killer. (Take that Larry Jones.) And that the king of current slumps, Cliff Floyd, crushed a ball when the team needed it most. Yet again here was another game that the 2005 Mets would have lost. Not this edition.

Really, how does one write about a game like this? I’m finding it difficult to describe how draining it was to watch, especially after I was fucked by the MTA and missed the 3rd through 6th innings just trying to get back to Brooklyn. Even so, I still got to see the 7th inning comeback; the multiple runners left on base; the great defense on both sides of the ball; Kaz Matsui as hero and goat; Jorge Julio coming through in a big spot; Billy Wagner not coming through in a big spot…

Wow, a lot happened. Who would have ever thought that game 29 of the season could be this amazing? When someone writes the book about the greatest Mets games of the 21st century, this will be in there, alongside September 22nd, 2001 and hopefully other great games to come.

I need a break today after last night. Victor Zambrano is pitching against Tim Hudson. Since I already know its a loss, I think I’ll feel better just reading the box score.


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