One of the first, and most important, lessons I taught my daughters was this: No day is a truly bad day if the Dodgers lose. So Wednesday was a very, very good day. For not only did the Dodgers brighten our day by falling to our favored Mets by 8-4, but they did it in most memorable fashion and three of our current least-favorite-players-in-baseball who play for the Dodgers had key roles in the defeat. Bless you, boys!
Questions: How many times have you seen the Mets' double play at home plate? Do you think it would it be wrong to assume that the base-running fiasco was made possible because it involved two of the most self-centered ballplayers of recent memory-Jeff Kent and JD Drew? Wasn't it more enjoyable that it was these two beauties who were tagged out in succession by Paul LoDuca? Answers: Probably about 50,000; no, and yes.
And later the perfect day was complete when Nomah whiffed on Billy Wagner's slider in the dirt to end the game just as ESPN's Gary Thorne told us how impossible it was to strike out Nomar Garciaparra. Brilliant.
One of the greatest things about baseball is how it draws us to its past. The play at the plate immediately made us think of the famous Babe Herman ‘triple into a double play' accomplished for a team called the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1926. And, no, we did not witness the event. When the Dodgers played in Brooklyn at least they were loads of fun.
So what did the LA Dodgers accomplish Wednesday? They let the Mets' emergency starter John Maine off the hook allowing the Mets to squeak by with their No. 5 starter pitching Game 1; they threw Brad Penny in relief and surely reduced his potential effectiveness for later in the series, and they reminded Red Sawx fans how happy they are that Grady Little is not their manager with some sharp-as-a-tack moves.
The Mets are a strong lineup with one big flaw--starting pitching. They surely have enough to get by the Dodgers and they should be able to do the same to either of the potential League Championship opponents in the Padres and Cardinals. After that...let them get that far and then worry, Met fans.
For one brilliant NY afternoon, we had the Dodgers reaffirming a life lesson and it was a beautiful day indeed.