Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 7/5/12
The first half ended with a bang, the second began with a whimper. In game #81, attended by a Citi Field record 42,516 souls – of which I was one – that rare bird, a Met laugher, the Mets became a 44-37 team. As Jonathon Niese set down Phillie after Phillie, as Daniel Murphy flirted with history, as David Wright repeatedly broke Shane Victorino’s heart and this one was put to be early, I couldn’t help but think ahead to what the rest of July, August and September would bring. As the postgame fireworks popped and Gary Cohen took us through a Readers’ Digest version of fifty years of Metsian history, hilarity and hysteria, I could only think that if they duplicate what they did in the first half… As has been noted elsewhere, the second eighty-one has historically not been kind to those true to the orange and blue. My friend Jason Fry broke down the sad lexicon in the aftermath of Tuesday night’s win. After eighty-one games in each season, the Mets were: 2009 – 39-42, or almost...
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