20 Years

Much is being made of the (almost) 20 years which have passed between the 1986 World Series and present days.  As the Mets make the shuttle trip to Boston, we pause for a moment to think of some of the life-changing events that have happened since these two teams locked horns in historic and dramatic fashion way back when.

  • I wear a Mets hat for a week following most painful gag in sports history after losing bet to freshman roommate, a Mets diehard
  • Freshman roommate somehow survives three more years of college in same dorm room despite my residual anger
  • Red Sox go to 8 playoff series, Mets to 3
  • Sox win one World Championship, Mets none
  • Roger Clemens throws ball past 20 players in one game in final season with Sox
  • Roger Clemens throws bat past Mike Piazza in final playoff appearance against Mets
  • Red Sox beat Yankees in playoffs in heroic, come-from-behind fashion, never giving up despite immense odds.  Mets fold to Yankees like cheap lawn chair
  • Red Sox trade Heathcliff Slocumb for Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek
  • Mets trade Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano
  • A certain Dominican gives Sox fans something to stand and cheer for every fifth day
  • A certain Dominican gives Mets fans something to stand and cheer for every fifth day

Here’s hoping for a great series, a little bit of catharsis, and an extended, exuberant, wholly deserved standing ovation for the greatest pitcher I have ever seen, Mr. Pedro Martinez.

21 comments… add one
  • Amen.

    LocklandSF June 27, 2006, 2:08 pm
  • Cheers or jeers for Pedro on Wednesday?

    yankeemonkey June 27, 2006, 2:11 pm
  • Gotta be cheers. Even my grudge-holding mom, who I think may have booed Johnny D, said she’s getting on her feet and cheering. Cheers. How can anyone justify not cheering him?!!?

    SF June 27, 2006, 2:13 pm
  • Cheers. Anything else would be a travesty. I am of the opinion that Pedro is so good that he is not of this earth, and I never miss a chance to see him pitch when I can help it. Even though I despised him as a Sock, I loved to watch him throw.
    Jim Palmer said of Pedro, “He’s the best pitcher I have ever seen.” If Jim Palmer, who has seen Gibson, Koufax, Seaver, Drysdale, et al., and is himself one of the finest pitchers of the last 50 years, endorses Pedro as the best, that’s more than good enough for me.

    attackgerbil June 27, 2006, 2:21 pm
  • Obviously it has to be cheers. There’s no justification for jeers.

    Nick-YF June 27, 2006, 2:26 pm
  • No arguments here. Boston fans should stand; and I’ve never seen a pitcher the equal of Pedro in his prime.
    As for our “new” banner, let’s just say that a Sox-Mets series leaves the self-respecting Yankee fan with an impossible situation. Is there a way for both teams to lose? Someone call Selig….

    YF June 27, 2006, 2:31 pm
  • I, for one, am rooting for the Mets. It’s an easy choice given the the Sox’s advantage in the standings.
    Go Reyes!

    Nick-YF June 27, 2006, 2:38 pm
  • It’s gotta be “Go Mets!” I also hope that each game this week runs about 15 innings apiece.
    I’ll probably put my back out turning my coat like that.

    attackgerbil June 27, 2006, 2:54 pm
  • I like to see Mets do well – as long as it’s not against the Yankees, obviously – so it won’t be too much coat-turning on my part. But definitely rooting much harder this time…and like Gerbil says, hopefully both teams are completely burned out by the weekend.
    As for Pedro, I hope it’s cheers, not because I like him, but because of what he did for Boston. That being said, I’m pretty sure there’ll be more than a few losers booing as well.

    yankeemonkey June 27, 2006, 3:09 pm
  • geeze, it’s almost like football season around here already. “i’m a giants fan this week…how are the jets doing?”. i have noticed how many of the dishwashers in the eating establishments around my hood have bailed yank gear for mets shwag.
    my vote is to boo and cheer pedro. be as wishywashy as the man child has been about his time in boston.

    sf rod June 27, 2006, 3:13 pm
  • Is he bringing his midget friend with him back to Beantown? If so, look out SF’s!

    Nate June 27, 2006, 3:22 pm
  • This is kind of off-topic, but I wanted to share because it made me laugh at the time:
    On Sportscenter, Ravech asks Joe Morgan who he thinks is more valuable to the Mets, Reyes or David Wright. Morgan’s answer (paraphrased): “Well…Reyes gets on base and scores runs; Wright drives in more runs which is harder to do than to score them. But I think Reyes is still more valuable not because of how often he gets on base but what he does once he gets there.”

    yankeemonkey June 27, 2006, 3:45 pm
  • “PEDRO SUCKS. PEDRO SUCKS” can’t be anything but that.

    TJ June 27, 2006, 4:20 pm
  • TJ, why?

    Nick-YF June 27, 2006, 4:25 pm
  • is anyone else getting tired of voting for guerrero and ichiro to keep damon off the allstar team? you know ozzie wont add him to the team, cause ozzie doesn’t like his kind of lifestyle. the jeeter vote is close too. lets go miggy.

    sf rod June 27, 2006, 4:32 pm
  • pedro press conference on WEEI right now.

    sf rod June 27, 2006, 4:36 pm
  • You could always vote for Vernon Wells. Sox fans of all people should know how good he is.

    yankeemonkey June 27, 2006, 4:42 pm
  • I wouldn’t mind if JD got a few extra days rest. “This Time it Counts” is pale in comparison to the AL East crown IMO.

    Nate June 27, 2006, 4:56 pm
  • YM- you’re right. under that same line of reasoning yankee fans must think mark loretta is the best second baseman ever.

    sf rod June 27, 2006, 5:04 pm
  • Robbie Cano has just been DL’d; thems the breaks I guess. We’ll be seeing a lot more of Miggy at 2B.

    Bloodyank78 June 27, 2006, 5:40 pm
  • Pedro must be cheered. During his time as a member of the Red Sox, he was as good as any pitcher in history. He did more to help bring the championship than any other player. When Clemens left, the Sox were at best a mediocre team. When Pedro arrived, they were immediately an elite team.
    Sure, he was a jerk when he left, but when you compare the pluses and the minuses, it’s no contest.

    Tom sf June 27, 2006, 7:04 pm

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