It’s one thing to make pre-season predictions, as we know they are fun, semi-scientific, antagonistic, basically entertainment. They are there for "I told you so"’s if they come true, or to be ignored at a later date when the prognostications crash and burn (as they typically do). But It’s entirely another thing to devote a valuable column in the New York Times projecting an opening day victory into a World Series appearance. Which is what the New York Times’ resident curmudgeon Murray Chass does for the Mets today, in embarrassing fashion. Nick’s post below, in which he projects the Yankees performance out for the next several months based on last night’s blowout gets it appropriately tongue-in-cheeky. But Murray isn’t in touch with his comic side, and that’s evident as he makes a futile attempt to disclaim his column in the very last line of the piece. By then it’s clear that Chass is finished, like a horny teenager in a makeout session, his goose cooked right at the moment he’s about to stretch a triple into an inside-the-parker.