"Abreu looks up...And we're going home!!!!!!" -- Gary Cohen on SNY, 12:32 a.m. 5/24/06
I will remember that call for a long, long time.
It's 11 hours later, and I'm still not sure what to write.
What does it say about a 16 inning, 5 hour and 22 minute game that the best player on the field was the losing pitcher?
That this team--which a co-worker said just last week had "no heart"--came back from deficits of 2-0, 6-2 and 8-5.
And that I had forgotten that David Wright had blasted another home run until listening to Mets Extra as I attempted to calm down and go to bed? (By the way, our Met of focus is now batting at a .370 clip since May 4th, and the power is coming back too.)
And that Gary Cohen had botched a couple of calls in the extra innings (Jose Reyes' catch of a line drive to start a double play, for example) and lost all objectivity in trying to will Cliff Floyd's fly out in the 14th (or was it the 13th? I am foggy) out of the ballpark. Did he have a hot date somewhere?
And that Ron Darling called tonight's pitcher a "Cuban defect?"
And that the most maligned player this side of A-Rod would finally have a moment that could define his career in the big apple? (Good for him.)
Willie Randolph said it best after the game: "You can't lose that kind of game. You use all your roster, you have to win the game. You're out there that long, you don't want to waste it."
P.S.: Our friends Greg and Jason at Faith and Fear tell us that exactly seven years ago there was just as big a comeback against the Phillies. Creepy.