Monday, July 19, 2021

A bitter form of deja vu, but with a happier ending

 As you know by now, the Mets got off to a terrible start Sunday, giving up six runs to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Three runs scored on a freak play when Mets starter Taijuan Walker misplayed a squibbler down the 3rd base line, ruled fair by the plate umpire. The Mets thought the ball went foul, and manager Luis Rojas went all wacky-doo before getting tossed.

Rojas has been suspended for tonight's & tomorrow's games at Cincinnati. The Mets recovered from their early faux pas, and won the game, 7-6.

32 years ago, they weren't quite so lucky vs. Atlanta, and yesterday's shenanigans brought back some bad memories for Mets fans. In 1990, there was a similar play vs. Atlanta.

The Braves won the game that night, 7-4, but David Cone's gaffe, arguing with 1st base umpire Charlie Williams instead of calling time out, was the turning point in the game. At least yesterday, today's Mets could breathe a sigh of relief when it was over.

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