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A Scary Mets Halloween Tale

It was a dark night with a faint glow surrounding the crowd.  Then, from out of a dark cave emerged an old man.  On first glance, this old man seemed like a cheery old fellow, but once you looked deep into his eyes, you would discover he would have the most sinister of intentions.

With one scribble across his spell book and one gesture with his hand, he would take the young hero and cast him into a pit never to return.  With next, he would summon a bespectacled robot with the most dastardly of intentions.  The robot would open up his right arm and he would spread pestilence across the field spreading despair amongst the masses. 

By the time our new hero arrived it was too late.  He and his friends would be unable to curb the tide set forth by the sinister old man and his evil robot.  It was as if a spell was cast preventing them from doing the simplest of activities.  Soon, the heroes would be too outnumbered, and they would fall to defeat.  Soon, the dim glow that surrounded everyone would go out as the dejected masses fled hoping one day to return to this place and claim victory . . . victory that would never come.

Of course, this is an attempt at portraying Game 4 of the 2015 World Series in an eerie way.  In some ways, this fails because what happened was far more horrifying.

After a game with some puzzling decisions, including going too far with Steven Matz, Terry Collins would finally make the decision that would really alter the fate of the entire World Series.

Entering the top of the eighth, the Royals were down just one run, and they had the top of their lineup due up.  Considering how frequently Collins used Jeurys Familia for six out saves during the regular season, and considering how up to that point, Familia had allowed just three hits and one run that entire postseason, this was the spot for him.  The Mets needed six outs from Familia to ensure they would tie the series up 2-2.  With the Mets having Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard lined up after that, and with the Royals having lost Game 7 at home the prior year, it seemed like the Mets were in a good position to claim the World Series.

Instead, Collins would go to Tyler Clippard.  Up until that point, Clippard had a 5.06 ERA and a 1.411 WHIP in six postseason appearances.  This was the same Clippard who dealt with a back issue late in the season and would have a 6.14 ERA and 1.295 WHIP in the month of September.  More than that, batters were hitting him hard to the tune of a .268/.323/.536 batting line.

This was decidedly not the pitcher you wanted in this spot.  However, this was the direction Collins went.  The reason was two fold.  The first was this was the formula since the Mets obtained Clippard prior to the trade deadline.  Worse than that was the stated reason.  Collins said he didn’t want to use Familia for six outs because he appeared the night before in Game 3.

Instead of Hansel Robles, Sean Gilmartin, or really anyone else, Collins tabbed his closer to close out a six run lead.  As we watched in horror in Game 4, the ripple effect of that decision was too much to bear.

With that decision, Collins altered the outcome of the World Series, and quite possibly cost the Mets a chance at winning the 2015 World Series.  After that we have seen injury after injury after injury.  Quite possibly, this makes Game 4 of the World Series the scariest of all Halloween tales.

If you don’t believe me, try this.  Instead of putting on the scariest Halloween movie you can think of tonight, try re-watching Game 4 of the World Series.

One thought on “A Scary Mets Halloween Tale”

  1. Significant Stakeholders In The Mets : THE FANS says:

    Halloween, sounds great!

    But scary!

    They have John (bank roll lumping from his pocket, then whipped out on all kid appearances) FRANCO…
    ….EDGAR ALFONZO both on tne payroll to meet the VIPs in their suites (and crash and sneak in their friends) for playoff games where the Suite owners run out of food and booze…

    But not when a Vet is honored before a game…. shen there is no old timers game annually that kids can ask their dads about Robin Ventura, young fans say, John who? Todd Zeile, who?

    Alfonzo thanked the Met fans buying out Taxi ads.
    Franco, washed up, traded by the Mets (or released) had a melt down and immediately sold his house on Staten Island in defiance… never said thank you

    THESE GUYS ARE IT FOR IN SEASON APPEARANCES ON GAME DAYS
    OFF SEASON?

    The MLB office staff crash the suites also…. (not in the Bronx)

    THE METS HAVE HOW MANY PLAYERS IN THE OFFICE COBTRACTED TO APPEAR?

    Yeah, I thought about free Met clinics around Queens, Brooklyn and Nassau (Eisenhower Park I met the Yankees as a kid)

    Getting little leagues throughout LI to come to games, matinees for day games (what day games?)

    and occassional clinics, clinics and/or photos with the players on the field at Citifield

    Charity effects for wheelchair bound, autistic, down’s syndrome and not having players in Citifield for two hours and a hoto opp for a few for Thanksgiving but out at soup kitchens…

    SURE BRING THE PRESS
    TAKE YOUR OWN PHOTOS METS AND RELEASE THOSE

    BUT THE METS COMMUNITY RELATIONS DOES NOT RESPOND TO INQUIRIES AT ALL….

    Everything costs too much money to the Mets anyway…

    Does management cultivate good relationships with the retired players where they want to even come for Halloween?

    let us do that first before contemplating an old timer’s game?
    do they have to pick them up at the airport and feed the retirees at Citifield?

    Scary!!!!

    Real scary….

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