In the world of baseball, the Red Sox and the Mets share a lot in common. Mainly, a certain (healthy?) aversion to a certain other team. An aversion that prompts me to vote Red Sox on the American League All -Star ballot. But also, we Mets and Red Sox fans understand that every winning team goes through peaks and valleys. Some long, deep valleys. But we stick around. Because we’re awesome.
Basically, we all want the Red Sox to win their division, right? Because otherwise, it’s those other buggers, right? So it will be odd tonight, rooting against them. I’m torn between excitement over watching two strong, leading teams in head-to-head battle and nerves over how my beloved team will fare on Red Sox turf.
Sure, I think they can sweep. I always think the Mets can sweep. We rock. But what if, say, we don’t? What if we do not perform as well in Boston as we should? I wonder what kind of mental effect that will have on the team. The chemistry of our boys, their confidence and strut–isn’t this part of their success? What kind of a blow would it be if the Mets (for whatever reason) take a bad hit? Especially when Pedro’s pitching? But you know what? I’m thinking our boys won’t let us find out.
Another thing I’m looking forward to over the next couple days? Julio Franco. Odds are he’ll DH at least once, don’tcha think? And good lordy heavens, the man’s a miracle! How the heck can he still get it done when he turns 48 in August!? I’ve watched the man warm up, and he’s definitely more flexible than I’ll ever be. He hits! He steals bases! He makes jumping, contortionist catches at first! And when he was first signed as an amateur free agent by the Phillies? I was 2 years old. I could barely string a sentence together, and Julio Franco was at the start of a nearly 30 year career.
I like how Red Sox Chick put it: "New York is a fine old place, the YANKEES are hated, NOT the city." Okay, sure I hope we win. But I’m also hoping (by way of another team’s losses) that Boston stays on top of their division!