someday you'll tell your grandchildren that the mets were reduced to playing "spoiler" after a terrible season. well it didn't happen in 2009 and hopefully it won't need to be an option for 2010. not only have the mets had a terribly disappointing season but they haven't even been able to play "spoiler" to the teams vying for the playoffs.
everyone remembers that fateful last day of the 2007 season, september 30th, when the mets faced the marlins at shea. i was there that day with my baseball mate brandon. it was the 1st place mets (tied with the phillies) vs. the last place marlins. the marlins had nothing at stake other than to spoil the mets playoffs hopes. but still the marlins came to play that day, pounding tom glavine for 7 runs in 1/3 innings of pitching. fast forward to a year later, the last day of the season, september 28th 2008. it was again the mets vs. the marlins for the final game at shea! if the mets could win, they would at least have a playoff game vs. the brewers to determine the wild card winner. this was a tight game but the marlins prevailed scoring 2 in the 8th inning to win 4-2.
this year, the mets even failed at playing "spoilers". in the month of september to date the mets record is pathetic vs. the contenders and their rivals.
1 win - 3 losses vs. phillies
0 wins - 3 losses vs. marlins
0 wins - 5 losses vs. braves
instead of playing spoiler the mets rolled over and played dead against these and virtually all teams. often times the mets were out of the game by the 3rd inning. and citifield with an announced crowd of 38,000 fans was in actuality looking like a morgue.
yes, there are excuses, lots of them. but that doesn't stop me from feeling embarrassed about this team that is going to lose 95 games this year. all of my mets shirts have stayed in my closet most of the season. i just haven't wanted to go outside wearing them.
coming soon - "2009: what went wrong/what went right"