R.A. Dickey rearranged his schedule so he could try for his 20th win at Citi Field, where he hoped to share the experience with fans. The knuckleballer did not disappoint. Before a crowd of 31,506 on Thursday, Dickey tied a career high with 13 strikeouts to beat the Pirates, 6-5. He became the first Mets 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990. It did not come easy. Upon leaving the game with two outs in the eighth, Dickey raised his cap to the crowd, which spent the afternoon hanging on every pitch. The crowd booed in the ninth when with one out, reliever Jon Rauch allowed a two-run homer
Comments: Well, here's a feel-good story, even if it fits in the "bread & circuses"-category - R.A. Dickey wins his 20th game.
Dickey is truly one of the great stories and genuinely good people in the Major Leagues. There are few pro sports figures I could be happier for.*
To win 20 games - as a knuckleballer - on this horrible Mets team? The guy deserves the Cy Young Award.
* Full disclosure, I write as a long-suffering Mets fan.
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20 games, of course, has long been the benchmark of note. However, in an article I read quite a few years ago, the measure discussed was 5 straight 15-win seasons. The number of active pitchers having done so was very, very small.
OP, sorry, no. The Mets haven't been around long enough [compared to the "old" franchises] for a fan to rightly claim to be "long-suffering."
The long baseball season lets fans agonize for months, through spring, summer, and fall. Few sports are so malevolent.
I guess I have to concede the point - especially with respect to the teams like the Cubs, and the fact I still have vivid memories of the Mets winning in '86.
In terms of the other expansion teams, the San Diego Padres' faithful have "suffered" far longer than the Mets' fans have, with little to show for it. But, then again, I'm not sure if baseball (or any major sport) has the hold on fans' psyches as it does on the pre-expansion baseball cities.
While it is true that the Mets are an expansion team, they didn't come into existance with a clean slate. The Mets are a Frankenstein-monster resulting from two fan bases that had their teams ripped from them - the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers. Hence the interlocking N-Y on the hats and orange of the Giants, combined with the blue and cursive name angled across the home jersey of the Dodgers. So, as fan bases go - the team is relatively young, but it was born with an old soul.
#6 New York always had the Yankees. Hail Yankees! But for National League fans you have a point. Don't forget '69, it was Amazin. Pearl Bailey sitting in the front row. Tom Seaver, Tommie Agee's great catches, Ron Swobodas unreal catch in right. It was amazin. One of my favorite all time Series. Pitching and defense ruled.
#6: Thanks, fine post. Eloquent, insightful, informative.
I'm a Phillies fan. We've had some good seasons in recent years, though very recently, some that couldn't legally be inflicted on Gitmo prisoners. Before that? Decades in the wilderness. Moses coulda been manager. But wasn't it Chicago that's had decades of shortcoming? And yeah, Mets fans deserve some empathy. Padres fans too, and Rangers, is it, 'til lately?
And any team that had Casey gets a bunch of style points. Thanks.
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The sheriffs thought they were being summoned to the Capitol to discuss ideas for changes to New York´s gun control law, the SAFE Act. Instead, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told them to keep quiet. Opposition to the new law has simmered in upstate areas since Cuomo signed the law in January. Many county sheriffs oppose it, particularly its expanded definition of banned assault weapons, and have spoken out around the state. In January, the New York State Sheriffs´ Association wrote Cuomo with an analysis, and later suggested tweaks.
AMHERST, N.Y. - An Amherst man who had his guns taken away by the state is speaking out after the state admitted it made a mistake by suspending his pistol permit. David Lewis is the man State Police deemed so mentally ill he was unfit to own a gun. They recommended to a state judge that the 34-year-old librarian´s pistol permit be suspended and the judge signed the order. (*SNIP*) Tresmond also claims State Police have lined up a special unit to circumvent federal HIPAA laws to pry into gun owners´ medical records, which State Police deny.
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American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
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Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.