Sunday, August 08, 2010

Andy Martino Game Recap

There are times when a sport becomes more than simple form of entertainment or distraction from the mundane. Occasionally, the sport becomes a vehicle for the reaffirmation of one's personal philosophical and ideological values. That transformation from sport to sanctimonious phenomenon happened during lat night's Mets triumph. Witness.

As the ever-polite first baseman Ike Davis scooped up Ruben Tejada's well-intentioned but off-centered throw to first, the humble closer of the Metropolitans began to celebrate. As demure and unassuming as always, K-Rod cautiously raised his arms and pointed to the sky in an act of pure reverence for the Higher Powers. With whiskers from his great beard blowing in the Philadelphia smog, an obvious homage to other wise bearded thinkers like Socrates or Thoreau, you could almost hear his silent expression of gratitude from the press box.

After ungrateful rookie Domonic Brown ended the game with a strikeout, the Mets assembled towards the middle of the field to congratulate one another on their hard-fought and well deserved victory. Hands were shaken. Gluteus maximus muscles were tapped gently in a non-homosexual manner. If any of the players had been Asian, I'm sure bowing would have been in order. Two meek celebrators even did a jumping, mid-air, side-touching routine. How novel!

These unpretentious, almost deferential forms of rejoicing exhibited by the Mets was refreshing for this writer, who had previously been bombarded with patronizing, pontificating, pompous, pretentious Phillies.

Games like these are proof to those who believe that baseball, like life, is won by playing the game the right way. The proper way. Where the audacious and the ostentatious can be replaced with the unobtrusive and the acquiescent with equal or great results.

Thank you Mets. Because of you, sports fans can look forward to today's game not only for the thrill of competition, but for the satisfaction of a life affirmed.

And thank you K-Rod. I guess sometimes closers save more than games. They can save sports as a whole from the destructive grips of Philadelphian arrogance.

Amen.

13 comments:

Andrew said...

outstanding

Andrew said...

From David Hale at DelawareOnline:

– Just how bad has Hamels’ luck been? In his last 12 starts, Cole’s got a 2.86 ERA with 85 Ks, 66 hits allowed and 23 walks in 81.2 innings. His record during that stretch — 2-3 with seven no decisions.

GM-Carson said...

Hamels has been fantastic, save a few hiccups here and there. Gotta expect a down game against Johan, especially with that putrid lineup the Phils had assembled last night though.

ripjgarcia said...

Werth's baserunning blunder is still irritating me.. Even now.

SirAlden said...

Down Game. Are you serious?

Bob D said...

A down game meaning he allowed a run. He should've known in order to win the game he has to throw 11 shutout innings or knock in the runs himself when he hits. A bit more time in the batting cage will fix Hamels.

Aaron said...

the first pitch is all i needed to see.....lidge is going to lose this game

SirAlden said...

135 Victories and Halladay goes into the Hall of Fame as a Phillie.

149-14 = 135

148 Victories as a BlueJay

Aaron said...

YEAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

I FING LOVE LOVE BEATING THE METS.

NICE JOB LIDGE.

Preserve Jon said...

Amen exactly. Hilarious. Top Post!

SirAlden said...

"Witness."

One word sentence. Pure Genius.

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GM-Carson said...

Sir Alden- I didn't mean a down game from Hamels, I meant a down game by the Phillies lineup.