Father-Son Rivalry: Mets-Yanks Gamer VI

As fortune would have it, Father’s Day comes at an odd time this year for me. My dad is a Mets fan. He grew up in Jamaica, Queens rooting for the Dodgers and hating the Yanks. After the Dodgers left, he turned to the Mets. He has fond memories of the 1962 squad of bumbling loveable losers. Somehow his three sons grew up Yankees fans. If you’re willing to believe me, I think it’s because, like our dad, we were a fan of the perennial underdogs. You see, I first started rooting actively in 1986 when the Mets were the toast of the town and the Bombers were mediocre. I remember thinking all my Mets fan friends were front-running phonies. The Yanks, man, that was a team that might surprise you! And there was a beauty in cheering on a team with no hope.

Twenty-one years later and maybe the situation is the same? The Yanks chances of making the post-season are less than 50% according to Baseball Prospectus. The Mets are the likely NL East division winners. So the lesson this Father’s Day is that my dad is a front-running phony!

Happy Father’s Day?

Tonight’s match-up is a real treat. The Yanks send out the talented sinker-baller Chien-Ming Wang while the most entertaining pitchers maybe ever goes for the Mets. Comment away!

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  • 5 pitch-inning for Wang in the 1st

    Nick-YF June 17, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Disclaimer: this is not a jinx.
    Does anyone really see the Mets beating the Yankees tonight? How exactly, can they do this? They just aren’t a very good team, as far as I can tell. A couple of nice players, for sure, but El Duque? John Maine? Tom “I’ll be glue soon” Glavine? Paul LoDuca as a #2 hitter? Forget the Yankees’ record, these teams, position-by-position, just aren’t in the same league.

    SF June 17, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • (I have very little respect for the NL, it should be noted, in general)

    SF June 17, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • and boom goes the dynamite!

    Nick-YF June 17, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • ARod served a 108 ounce meatball

    Rob June 17, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • A-Rod’s homers are ridiculous.
    By the way, I haven’t heard a peep from the trade A-Rod crowd at all this season. What’s up with that?

    Nick-YF June 17, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • If the Sox overachieved for 50 days (and their pythag. record showed they didn’t), then the Mets f*cking really overachieved.
    They are a smoke and mirrors team, from everything I have watched this season.

    SF June 17, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Very very nice plays with the glove by Jeter and Arod this inning.
    Also did you see the break on Wang sinker to strike Valentin out looking? Practically a slider from a lefty, except at 94 mph.

    flarez June 17, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • I’ll be the first to say, tonight, TRADE A-ROD!
    (to the Sox, for Julio Lugo, please!)

    SF June 17, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Well, Arizona must be a worse team, because at least the Mets took one game from the Yankees.
    But yeah, if the Yankees are mashing and Wang is dealing, no one, not the Mets, Boston, or the Angels even, have a fricking chance.

    AndrewYF June 17, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Wang’s stuff is filthy tonight.

    Nick-YF June 17, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Wang striking Beltran out with some nasty sliders and changeups.
    Wang can really make some good hitters swing and miss badly and rack up the K’s when his offspeed stuff is going, like tonight

    flarez June 17, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • But yeah, if the Yankees are mashing and Wang is dealing, no one, not the Mets, Boston, or the Angels even, have a fricking chance.

    Somebody please bookmark this piece of cockiness…

    SF June 17, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • I don’t think SF likes me very much.

    AndrewYF June 17, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • So Andrew, you’re basically saying if Wang throws a shutout and the Yankees score 10 runs, there’s no way another team can beat them? Way to go out on a limb there :-P.

    Paul SF June 17, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • See? Exactly! Nothing controversial about my statement.

    AndrewYF June 17, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Hey, it’s a vaguely big if, haha.
    Yanks are up 6-0 on Damon’s HR.

    Lar June 17, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Both Nick AND Brad are going to have to share a large plate of crow at the end of the season, methinks.

    AndrewYF June 17, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Yeah, that’s the main problem, Lar. I could easily say, “If Tavarez is wheeling and the Sox’ lineup is mashing, there’s no team — not the Yankees, Angels, Indians or anyone — who can beat them.”

    Paul SF June 17, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Comparing Wang to Tavarez! Travesty!

    AndrewYF June 17, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • The Yanks send out the talented sinker-baller Chien-Ming Wang while the most entertaining pitchers maybe ever goes for the Mets. Comment away!
    Nick has insulted a Red Sox player, without being aware of it, perhaps. El Duque is possibly the most entertaining pitcher ever? Did he ever bowl to first base twice in a little over 1/3 of a season? No? Didn’t think so. :)

    QuoSF June 17, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • ha! Tavarez is more interesting than entertaining. I think there’s a difference, but, Quo, I do enjoy watching Tavarez pitch.

    Nick-YF June 17, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • 9 k’s for Wang. Is that a career high?
    He’s looking like Beckett out there!

    Nick-YF June 17, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • and Jon Miller says it is in fact a career high. Thanks for the answer.

    Nick-YF June 17, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • going for 10

    Nick-YF June 17, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • and he gets it!
    I have to say this is the most impressive performance I think I’ve seen from the Wangster.

    Nick-YF June 17, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • Jorge with the laser to the right field seats. 8-1.

    Nick-YF June 17, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • Gammons is certain that A-Rod will opt out. It would seem that A-Rod stands to make even more money than before especially if he continues to do what he’s doing–hit a zillion homers.

    Nick-YF June 17, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • kind of surprised here–Wang is brought out for the ninth.

    Nick-YF June 17, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • …and then is not allowed to finish the ninth. Joe Torre is truly mind boggling.

    AndrewYF June 17, 2007, 11:54 pm
  • Good win for the Yankees, Wang was excellent. (I, for one, will not be enjoying the crow Brad will apparently be partaking of, though I didn’t think he would be THIS good)
    Part of what makes Tavarez entertaining is his being an on-field infield coach during the game. DP, Lugo, Lowell, Cora, and Youkilis probably never have a doubt as to where they are supposed to throw the ball on any given play. Agree to disagree, Nick, as I think the opposite in terms of El Duque-Tavarez. El Duque is the “interesting” one and Tavarez entertains.
    And I think Gammons is right. There’s really no reason for A-Rod not to take someone to the cleaners (again) on another long 9-figure contract, unless the Yankees offer him a significant extension. And by significant, I mean, like, a 6 year extension at $30M per. (Exaggeration, perhaps, but probably not by a lot)

    QuoSF June 18, 2007, 12:19 am
  • Ya, when I did my rant earlier, for some reason, I forgot that the other part of the equation isn’t just the $$ per year, but the number of years. It’s early and I’m stupid.
    Go Yanks!

    Lar June 18, 2007, 10:51 am
  • Gotta say that Wang seems to really have come into his own now that he’s mastered that slider. I loved watching him corkscrew Gotay (I think it was…) into the ground. He should have won the Cy Young last year without the slider, it will be fun to see if he can do even more with the new pitch.

    DCinFLA June 18, 2007, 11:48 am
  • Ya, hopefully Wang keeps proving people wrong!
    I remember when I said earlier he might be able to “get strikeouts when he needs to”, which I didn’t mean situationally, but in the context of learning new pitches and be whatever he needs to be. Yesterday’s performance is kind of what I meant.
    Of course, it’s a hell lot easier when you have Wang’s control, so hitters know you can’t just sit around..

    Lar June 18, 2007, 6:34 pm

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