Thursday, September 28, 2006
Mets look amazing
Albeit we are settling into the football season with the greatest amount of gusto, there is another very important season heading tumultuously to its crescendo.
The soothsayers (is that too unkind a term?) are already lining up to predict a “subway series.”
Some of you my be old enough to remember the ’mazing Mets of yesteryear. They have clinched their division title in the National League and could be headed toward their destiny. They have a death grip on the National and are a fair dozen games ahead of the Phillies.
The Yankees have also clinched the American with a goodly stretch, separating them from their old and venerable nemesis, the Boston Red Sox. There is still a lot of bases between the National and American at this point but one has to consider that the Mets and Yanks have records which are more than enviable (93 wins each).
The Mets’ closest competitors are the Cardinals, Padres and Dodgers, which have 81 wins. The Yanks have Detroit, Minnesota and Oakland chasing them.
This writer admits to a penchant to follow the Cardinals. But have you all noticed just how “up and down” their play has been this season? One week they could beat Attila The Hun and all of his marauders. The next they would have trouble with a team of Cub Scouts.
I am not so sure how far the Giants plan to go with their run this season; however, their beleaguered slugger is still breaking records. Barry Bonds passed the National League record of Hank Aaron in Milwaukee on Saturday. He stroked his 734th over the fence to eclipse Hank’s 733.
Bonds’ mark is still 21 home runs short of the all-time record. His total this season is not close to any title. Does he have time to catch and pass Aaron? Or will the rumors put the brakes on before the season passes?
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