Saturday, September 29, 2012
Second, we have, for the first time since Frank Viola did it 22 years ago, a twenty game winner in the unlikely (I like the word "unlikely" in connection with the Mets: the first Mets game I attended, in the summer of 1985, was won by a two run homer off the "unlikely bat" of Howard Johnson) guise of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. His is an unusual story for the Mets: instead of a star free agent who, upon donning the blue and orange, quickly did an impersonation of the Wonderful One-Hoss Shay on the centenary of Earthquake Day, he was a much traveled journeyman pitcher who found his stride--or should I say his sling?--with the Amazins.
I'm tempted to fall back on the comforting mantra--"Wait'll next year!"--of Brooklyn Dodger fans a half century plus a decade ago. But I know it ain't gonna be so. Nevertheless, I'll remain loyal.