For the fourth time in their history, the Mets are in first at the break. Savor that. There will be time for analysis later. For now, I’d like to know what your enduring image is of the first half and your MVP.
MVP David Wright beating Mariano and the Yanks in the bottom of the 9th for a walkoff win at Shea.
I have to agree with rayality on the MVP and moment nods.
Other considerations to Delgado, Reyes and Glavine.
Other moments of note:
– The ten game road trip in June where they won nine games.
– The 14 inning win over Atlanta (Wright’s double ends the nearly five hour game).
– The three walkoff wins within a week at the end of April/start of May.
I’m much looking forward to the second half. Enjoy the All-Star game guys.
But will they have momentum to make it work? I doubt it.
the 14-inning game against the Braves, the four-game domination in arizona.
MVP – David Wright
Most Valuable Pitcher – Tom Glavine
Best Game I’ve Been To: the 14-inning game against Atlanta.
Hi John –
My impression of the first half of the Mets season is Wow. Who would have thought that this team would be where it is now?? Did anyone? I give credit to Omar, Willie and the Wilpons for their foresight and their good management.
MVPs for the first half of the season – too close to single out just one: David Wright, Paul Lo Duca, Jose Reyes.
Memory of the first half? The obvious camaraderie and the joy with which this team is playing.
Being 12 games up at the break means not having to feel stingy with the awards –
Most Pleasant surprises: Valentin/Bradford/Feliciano/Oliver
Best Moment: 14-inning win over Braves/followed closely by Any of several other Wright walkoffs
Best Quote: Feliciano taking one for the frustrated ‘pen
Worst Quote: Anything Willie says in the vein of ‘Because I know more than you – next question’
Biggest concerns: Delgado’s bat/Wagner/#3-4 starters
Postseason fate will hinge on: El Duque
Oh, and the most enduring image has to be Reyes out in front of the dugout leading choreographed high-fives (if you can even call them that.) when somebody does something big.
The single best thing about watching this team is that they really seem to like one another, and to enjoy playing baseball together. And within that, Jose Reyes seems to be the guy whose excitement is most contagious.
These guys are (mostly) getting paid a lot of money to play this game. But for the rest of us, we played because it brought us joy at some level. It’s been hard, as a Mets fan, during all those years when that joy was conspicuous by its absence among the players. I mean, if the guys playing don’t look like they care, why should I give a damn. But this team’s exuberance touches something that I, as a kid who grew up playing baseball, can relate to. And now, at forty years old, I care more about this team because of it.
I went with that as my enduring image because my other choice was the image of Randolph standing in the dugout looking lost as yet another bad pitching decision comes crashing down around him. And hey, why be a bummer during all-star weekend with a 12 game lead, ya know?
I always get a chuckle when you post AJ.
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