For the second year in a row, the National League East will be determined by the outcome of Phillies versus Nationals and Mets versus Marlins.
This morning’s inbox included a note from a Mets fan I met a couple weeks ago. Nice guy. Name's Jim. He's a Metsblog regular and frequent Beerleaguer. He offered to share his stash of Xanex.
It’s a pennant race and nothing comes easy, unless you’re the Mets last night and the opposing manager isn’t playing to win. No sour grapes, however. Lou Pinella has every right to do what he did. That’s what 96 wins and running away with the division buys you when the games no longer mean anything, except for that whole “integrity of the game” thing. I guarantee if the Phils were in their position, we’d wonder why Adam Eaton didn’t pitch all nine innings, with Mike Cervenak batting clean-up.
Fans should’ve expected it to be this close, this late. I know I did; I didn’t think they’d clinch before the weekend, and it’s sort of what everyone expected all along. It would come down to the very end. And most people figured the Wild Card would be in play. The only variable was whether they’d be looking up or down in the standings.
They say in baseball, you learn something new every day, but in many ways, you don’t. Baseball repeats the same lessons over and over. Sometimes you learn, most of the time you don't. One lesson I've learned is never delete any artwork you've created for an earlier series. Aside from a few minor tweaks, all the design work will be recycled this weekend for Phils vs. Nats and Mets vs. Marlins. Likewise, the anxiety, sleeploss and everything else connected with being a fan of this team will be a watered down version of '07.
Thanks, Jim, but I won't be needing that Xanex. I've got my own drawer of Alprazolam. It's the generic version.
Readers weigh in: “If the Phils win 2 out of 3 this weekend I think they are NL East champs. If the Phils can't win 2 of 3 against the Nats at home, they don't deserve to win the East or frankly go to the playoffs.” -- MG