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Game 2 Minutiae

Better late than never... * The Mets improved to 8-5 in Game 2s with their victory on Thursday. If you were going to rate them based on levels of angst, this one would probably rank in the Top 3 among angst-free victories, alongside Game 2 of the 1969 NLCS (an 8-0 lead turned into an 11-6 win) and Game 2 of the 1986 NLCS (a 5-1 win for Bob Ojeda) and slightly ahead of Jon Matlack's 2-hit shutout in Game 2 of the 1973 NLCS (a 5-0 win, and a 2-hitter, but it was a 1-0 game going into the 9th) * Jose Reyes had 2 RBI. It was the first RBI for a Mets starting shortstop in a postseason game since Rey Ordonez had one in Game 3 of the 1999 NLDS against Arizona. It marked the 1st time in team history that a Mets starting shortstop had 2 RBI in a postseason game. * Tom Glavine joined Jon Matlack and Bob Ojeda as lefthanders who won their Mets postseason debut. * Billy Wagner joined Jesse Orosco (1986 World Series) as the only Mets pitchers to save 2 games in the same postseason series. * Jul

The Closest I Can Come to Game 1 Minutiae

Nomar Garciaparra striking out on a pitch in the dirt? Been there, seen that... Wilson Betemit tagging Billy Wagner for a late hit. Something with which I'm familiar... A Met getting 4 hits in a postseason game? Named 2 on the subway ride home (Kevin McReynolds and Rusty Staub), and found out the other during a quick media guide search during a stopover in Manhattan before heading home (Len Dykstra) Cliff Floyd hitting a key home run...Enjoyed that in person about a year ago. Carlos Delgado hitting a key home run? As Terry Cashman said, I saw it on the radio. A double-tagout at home plate? Well, that's the one that renders me virtually noteless, other than to reference that Yankees-White Sox, Carlton Fisk play from 20-odd years a

Our Special Bonds: Hopefully This Means Farewell (Answers)

Answers to the Tom Glavine trivia tribute, which shall also serve as the anger-venting system I've needed these last few days. Questions here: 1) Tom Glavine was such a mediocre pitcher, he couldn't get Chico Walker (the final out of the '86 Division Clincher) out with any regularity. Walker hit .800, going 4-for-5 against Glavine in his career. 2) Tom Glavine has pitched badly at the end of the season previously. On September 29, 1995, the Mets plunked him for five first-inning runs, with RBI coming from Jeff Kent, Rico Brogna, and Ryan Thompson . 3) Exhibit A in our case proving that Tom Glavine was in fact a Braves spy: He NEVER finished a Mets season with a winning record against the Braves. He did .500, but never was better than that. 4) Tom Glavine's 56 losses as a Met are 14 more than the next-most by a Mets pitcher, who pitched for the Braves at one time in his career. The dif

Walk-Off Predictions

I know that it is customary for one to make predictions at this time of year and I felt that mine had to come with a twist. So I've decided that my projections for each of the Mets postseason wins will involve them winning by walk-off in some way, shape or form. Those of you who have been here frequently know that I like to draw upon the events of the past in order to relate to the events of the present and future and I shall do so with my prognostications. It seems appropriate to reference the events of 20 years ago because those are among the most pleasurable moments in my lifetime as a Mets fan. So we'll start from there and hope that we can continue this theme when the next round comes... The first thing we need is an unlikely regular to hit a 2-run home run. About 3 months ago, I had a vision of one particular Met doing this and I'm going to stick with it. If there was one player on the current roster that you'd nickname "Nails," it would definitely be Pa