An Outside Perspective
With last night’s incredible come-from-behind win, it’s easy to get caught up in the euphoria. Phillies fans are grinning ear-to-ear, walking on clouds. At the other end of the spectrum, Dodger fans are driving to a nearby bridge, or they’re out buying an extension cord and a stool.
What better way, then, to get some perspective on what happened last night than by talking to a Mets fan? That’s why I caught up with Steve Keane from the blog Kranepool Society for a quick Q&A session. You may remember Steve gave us some insight on the Mets earlier in the season.
1. Forced to pick one, which of the Phillies or Yankees would you prefer to reach the World Series and why?
Keane: With a gun to my head, the lesser of the two evils would be the Highlanders. A Highlanders-Dodgers would have been my pick but that looks like a pipe dream right now. Mine and every Mets fans worst nightmare seems to be on the horizon, Highlanders-Phinks World Series.
2. As a Mets fan, how un-enjoyable have this year’s playoff matches been for you?
Keane: It hasn’t been un-enjoyable. I knew by August the Mets season was over between injuries and poor management by Labor Day I was looking at 2010. All I look for now are games that have great story lines and are exciting and both series have had both so far.
3. Can you recall a Mets playoff game that ended in as epic a fashion as last night’s NLCS Game Four? The Buckner Game, perhaps?
Keane: Bill com’on we’ve had plenty. Edgardo Alfonzo hitting a Grand Slam in the top of the 9th inning in game 1 of the 1999 NLDS to break a 4-4 tie against the Diamondbacks. Todd Pratt winning that series with a walk off homer in game 4, Benny Agbayani 13th inning walk off in game 3 of the 2000 NLDS, the Robin Ventura Grand Slam Single in the bottom of the 15th inning in Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS then there are the homers by Lenny Dykstra in the 86 NLCS and his homer in Game 3 of the 86 World Series and then there are all of Darryl Strawberry’s home runs in the NLCS and World Series, so to answer your question yes we have had our “epic” moments.
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Thanks to Steve for taking some time to answer a few questions. Be sure to check out the more extensive Q&A Keane did with Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News, and stop by his blog for commentary on the Mets.