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Words do not describe

I'm taking a break from the blogging during the World Series. I have certain work obligations to fulfill and it's gona take awhile to recover from Thursday's game. That combination means a break is necessary.   Thanks for reading and I'll catch you down the road.

Oh boy, Game 7

Here's the deal folks...biggest game of the year coming up and I have no time to post...sometimes that's the way it goes.... If anyone wants to post some walk-off thoughts, feel free to do so in the comments section... Enjoy the game and root for my prediction to come true.

Didaj ever notice: The magic of Game 6?

Trying really hard to believe... Say the words "Game 6" To Red Sox fans, it brings back memories of Carlton Fisk and the left field foul pole or Curt Schilling and his bloody sock To Cardinals fans, it brings back memories of Jack Clark homering off Tom Niedenfuer or Jim Edmonds and the dramatics of 2004. To Royals fans, it brings back memories of Dane Iorg and Don Denkinger. To Indians fans, it brings back memories of Tony Fernandez and a surprise home run. To Blue Jays fans, it brings back memories of Joe Carter homering off Mitch Williams. To Yankees fans, it brings back memories of Reggie Jackson hitting 3 home runs. To Twins fans, it brings back memories of Kirby Puckett's one-man show To Marlins fans, it brings back memories of an unlikely helper named Steve Bartman To Angels fans, it brings back memories of the Rally Monkey and Scott Spiezio To Braves fans, it brings back memories of a crafty lefty pitching eight one-hit innings or maybe something else

Our Special Bonds: Grand Slam Single (Answers)

Answers to the trivia quiz posted October 17, 2007, related to Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS. Questions found here: http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2007/10/our-special-bonds-grand-slam-single.html 1) Name the Met whose 3 1/3 inning stint was the longest for the Mets in Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS. Orel Hershiser relieved Masato Yoshii and came up clutch with 3 1/3 scoreless innings, to keep the score tied, 2-2. 2) Name the backup catcher, the starting outfielder, and the relief pitcher, the latter of whom was the losing pitcher in Game 4 of this series. Kudos if you got this one. The 3 Braves from this game with a Mets connection were leadoff hitter Gerald Williams , backup catcher Jorge Fabregas , and relief pitcher Mike Remlinger . 3) Name the (now-disdained) Met who had the team's highest batting average in the series Mets fans may not like Roger Cedeno now, but when he hit .500 in the 1999 NLCS, and scored a run in the 15th inning of Game 5, he was hearing lots of cheers. 4) N

Cris-tal Ball

So it looks like Tony La Russa has left the door ajar for the Mets to beat Chris Carpenter in walk-off fashion. Following the announcement of Monday's rainout, La Russa indicated that he'd stick with Jeff Weaver in Game 5 and save Chris Carpenter for the possible clincher/eliminator in Game 6, a move that makes sense since it allows both pitchers to start on normal rest. It also prevents Weaver from pitching in a scenario such as that he was in against the Marlins in the 2003 World Series, when Alex Gonzalez beat him in Game 4 with a walk-off home run. You get the feeling in that such a big game that La Russa might hang with Carpenter for as long as he possibly can. There's precedent for that from earlier this regular season when Carpenter lost a couple of leads late in games. This is the pitcher that La Russa trusts the most and for good reason, based on his record the last three seasons. If you told Willie Randolph right now that his team might be in walk-off position a

Our Special Bonds: Miracle Mets (Answers)

Answers to the quiz posted on October 16, 2007. Questions here: http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2007/10/our-special-bonds-miracle-mets.html 1) You can't name any of the teams that finished a regular season with 100 wins prior to the 1969 Mets. There are none. 2) Art Shamsky wrote a book about the 1969 season, but any personal reminiscence of the World Series could not include him describing his base hits. He went 0-for-7, the Mets worst 0-for of the series. 3) Gary Gentry may have been among the worst hitting pitchers ever, but he did have a hit and drive in two runs in Game 3, the game better known for Tommie Agee's home run and great catches. 4) Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, made the 2nd out of the 9th inning, leading up to Davey Johnson's final at-bat. 5) Mighty mite Al Weis, the super-sub of the New York Mets (as he was referred to on the Fleetwood record commemorating the championship), hit seven regular season home runs in a career spanning 800 games, bu

These Minutiae are Making Me Thirsty

More to come later in day... * Oliver Perez, adequate-pitching savior that he is, joined Tom Seaver (1969 NLCS Game 1- the Mets first postseason game) as the only Mets pitchers to allow 5 runs and win a postseason game. * Pitching 0 innings in a postseason game against the Mets is a rare honor, reserved for an elite group that includes walk-off error giver-uppers Pete Richert (1969 World Series Game 4, Orioles) and Bob Stanley (1986 WS Game 6, Red Sox), but Josh Hancock is the first in that group to allow as many as 5 runs. The previous record of 2 runs in 0 IP against the Mets in the postseason has been done twice- by Horacio Pina (1973 WS Game 2, Athletics) and, of all people, Jesse Orosco (1988 NLCS Game 3, Dodgers). * Albert Pujols is without an RBI for 5 games. The last time an opposing starting first baseman went through five games in a series against the Mets without driving in a run was in 1986, and that first baseman happened to be friend o'site Bill Buckner, who faile

Our Special Bonds: 1986 NLCS Game 6 (Answers)

Answers to the Game 6 quiz posted October 15, 2007 Questions here: http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2007/10/our-special-bonds-1986-nlcs-game-6.html 1) Astros final out, Kevin Bass , who trailed Tony Gwynn (.404), Mike Schmidt (.373), Robby Thompson (.364), and Von Hayes (.357), had the best batting average against the Mets among those on his team, .347. 2) Craig Reynolds had 2 walk-off hits against the Mets in his career, though he couldn't get one in the bottom of the 16th, since his team trailed by 3 runs at the time of his leadoff AB. Reynolds is also the batter who hit into a double play (although he was actually safe at first on replay) in the 2nd inning of Game 5, denying the Astros an early run. 3) The two hits that the Mets had through the first eight innings against Bob Knepper were by the starting DP combo of Tim Teufel and Rafael Santana . The finishing DP combo was Wally Backman and Kevin Elster. 4) We're referring to the 19-inning game between the Mets and