Friday, May 16, 2008
MissMet on the Spot: Vargas' Debut, Heilman's Meltdown
So I finally went to my first Mets game of the season on Wednesday night. I got some free tickets from a friend and another friend, Katie, joined me at the game. Katie and I went to the Jets game together and by the end of the night realized that whenever we go to sporting events alone, our teams lose (we are 0-3 at a Jets game and 2 Mets games). I drove in during rush hour, so I got to experience the joys of George Washington Bridge traffic at 5:30. I made it on time though, and we had some great seats, considering they were free.
The game went along pretty smoothly (Brian Schneider HR!) with Claudio Vargas pitching VERY well in his debut until the Nats tied it up in the 6th inning. The Mets had more chances (surprise!) that they did not cash in on throughout the game. After Vargas had one out and had given up a walk, Willie decided to bring in Aaron Heilman. That is when I started to get a little nervous BUT I was all ready to give him the benefit of the doubt. As in, "Ok Aaron, I know you've had a rough go of it so far this season. All you need to do is get 2 outs and we're ok, I believe in you." Things went well in the beginning. He got his first batter out and went 0-2 on the second. We all stood up and cheered him on, maybe he was going to get out of the inning without any problems!
Not so much. Four runs later, he was out of the game and the boos were the loudest I've ever heard. Not that they weren't deserved, but I just felt awful. Awful for him because he's sucking, awful for Vargas because he was going to get the loss, awful for Willie because he's being a dumbass manager and awful for the fans because our team is not living up to its standards. Joe Smith ended up coming in and getting that elusive third out. Katie and I left after the bottom of the inning. I did have to drive back to Jersey after all. I listened to the rest of the game as I drove through Queens and the Bronx (thankfully) not in traffic.
Here are the positives that I took from the game:
1. CitiField looks like it will be amazingly awesome.
2. Vargas pitched very well, David Wright made an awesome bare-handed play and Schneider hit a homerun.
3. The fans are still passionate.
4. At one point, I was a mere 25 feet from Mr. Met.
5. It only took me an hour to get home.