The word “nervous” has appeared in texts and emails I’ve received from five different people already today. This is, of course, because the Mets are playing a series-deciding game against the Dodgers tonight in Los Angeles. The anxious anticipation we Mets fans feel will only build until 8:07 p.m. ET, at which point we will scream at our televisions if Granderson gets on base and hold our collective breath when deGrom releases a pitch. We believe we are going to win—ya gotta—but admit it’s a coin-flip game. We try not to think about Mets-Cubs or how the regular season was so rewarding. None of that matters tonight. It’s a winner-take-all Game 5.
Steve and I discuss the atmosphere at Citi Field this week and the emotions of watching high-stakes baseball. Plus, what to make of all these strikeouts? Listen before tonight’s deciding Game 5 between the Mets and Dodgers. #rallychickenleg
This past weekend, before Chase Utley broke Ruben Tejada’s leg, my mom asked me a question: “Why would you intentionally hit someone with a pitch?” She had watched the Pirates-Cubs wild card game, in which a Pirates reliever plunked a Cubs batter, almost certainly on purpose. My mom is a sports fan, so her question was not exactly like that annoying kid who asks his father about investing, but the point is the same: It can help to get a fresh perspective. In trying to give an explanation—the Cubs pitcher had hit two batters earlier in the game, probably by accident, and the opposing pitcher is just expected to, I don’t know, retaliate—I considered, for the first time, that maybe the practice was unnecessary. Do Matt Harvey and the Mets feel the same way? We’ll find out tonight.