Thursday, May 29, 2008
A Turning Point? It Just May Be
The Mets defeated the Marlins last night at Shea Stadium in 12 innings by the score of 7-6. What was special about this game wasn't the fact that they won, but the way that they played. Willie played what the papers are dubbing "the super subs" and it paid off for the second night in a row. It is not that I normally would like a team to have Damion Easley batting 5th and Fernando Tatis batting 6th and playing right field, but it is the energy and leadership that these subs seem to bring that has made me believe again. These players play the game the right way and it seems to be contagious. All of a sudden the last couple of nights the bullpen has pitched better, the team is playing great defense and the offense is getting the hits they need to win the game. More importantly it seems as if the team is finally starting to believe in itself. Based on post game remarks by many different players you could tell this was the case.
Endy Chavez on the win “The ambiance over here is changing, it’s more positive. I know we have good talent down here and we just have to work hard and show it on the field.”
Reyes on the win: “It is big, because we win the series too. To come through like that, to win that game, it’s huge for us. Tomorrow, we come with a different energy to the game…Hopefully we can continue to play like this against the Dodgers.”
Lastly, Wagner on the win: “I mean, there was a different feeling about how we were playing. The whole game, even when we were down, we were like, you know, there’s a different feeling here. And you can tell, guys were doing a lot of things, you were getting a lot of aggressive play.”
Its not the win that has people so excited, it is the manner that it happened and the way the players feel that have people feeling like this could be the start of something.