You know what goes well together? Story-telling and baseball. Every great moment in baseball history is part of a bigger picture–a rich history that spans from one year ago to a bazillion years ago. You know, when velociraptors were first learning how to throw a curve ball. So let’s take a moment to look at the past two Mets-Sox games within the larger narrative.
Think about every sports movie you’ve ever seen. There’s a formula, 9 times out of 10. Two teams match up. One the hero, one the wily opposition. The story begins with an early battle. Despite your love for the hero team, they lose terribly and hurtfully to the opponent. (Oh no!) But time passes. Our hero team works hard–often under the auspices of a trusty mentor. They get better and better. They turn out to be something amazing. Then, at the end of the story, when it’s time for another head-to-head match up with their toughest competition? The hero team pulls through and turns out a winning game for the record books.
The Sox already had their narrative. Twice. First, in the stunning 2004 AL playoffs, when they came from behind famously to win four games in a row and then the World Series. Happy ending!? Hear that? Ending.
But no, Sox fans aren’t happy yet. There’s still that little bugaboo about twenty years ago when we beat them for the championship. They’re waiting for the next big Mets-Sox battle so they can redeem themselves. Oh wait. That’s already happened. Boston wins decidedly in two straight games (hopefully not three!), creaming the poor Mets to regain their dignity. Happy ending. Ending.
Boston? Your story is now over.
It’s our turn.
The Mets story begins with a devastating series against Boston way back in late June, 2006. One of our biggest heroes, Pedro Martinez, just doesn’t get the job done. Our boys hang their heads as the curtain closes on Act 1. Act 2 is starting, when they’ll get better and better–under the auspices of Willie and his crew. And when Act 3 comes? (If the popular conception that the Mets will meet the Sox in the World Series this October actually comes true, that is!) When we next meet the Boston Red Sox, we’ll be the hero team. Our story hasn’t finished yet. By all the rules of narrative–so beloved to baseball fans everywhere–it’s our turn next.
So watch out!!