Read the wrap-up of last night’s game in which the Mets’ offense was firing on all cylinders again. Fernando Tatis’s pinch-hit grand slam, his second this year, was an amazing sight to behold if you were watching it and was the first one in nine years. He’s been hitting into double plays so much lately that a feeling of dread immediately settled on all fans who were watching. But he came through in a big way and helped lead the Mets to the win.
The Mets have won three games in a row for the first time since May 29 when they swept the Nationals and won the first game in a series against the Marlins. However, for the second straight game, every other team in the division also won their games, so they didn’t gain any ground in the division. They did gain ground in the Wild Card race and are now 6 1/2 games behind the Rockies.
The other news of the day, of course, was Mets general manager Omar Minaya’s encounter with The Daily News’s Adam Rubin. On the same day and in the same press conference in which he announced the firing of vice president of player development Tony Bernazard, Minaya called Rubin out, saying he’d been lobbying the Mets for a job. When Rubin asked him if was accusing him of writing negative stories about Bernazard to get his job, Minaya demurred.
It was just one more distraction not on the field, but off of it. Thankfully, the players aren’t letting any of this affect them on the field. As a matter of fact, they’re playing better during it. Maybe Mets management should provide more headlines and create more controversies, though it’s hard to imagine how they could. It takes the spotlight off the actual team.
What did you think of Minaya’s comments to Rubin? Is this the straw that will break his back as the GM?