Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 10/4/12

Well kids, that's a wrap. We've had our last pitch, our last swing, our last questionable pitching change, our last blown save, our last grounder to the right side, our last check in with Kevin, our last Mex Burger, our last Dog Piss Live, our Andres Torres home run until April 2013, when the cycle will renew itself. (Well, except for the Andres Torres home run since he'll be non-tendered.) The Mets beat the Marlins 4-2, and the first person to ask whether that win will provide momentum for 2013 will be beaten with a stick. So ... I guess we haven't quite had our last everything of 2012, as some beatings come all year round.

We certainly haven't had our last rant of 2012, as there's still plenty to say. And there's plenty of time to get to it, trust me. But for now, to officially end 2012, I'll merely leave you with this: I wore my Darryl Strawberry t-shirt today, and found myself in one of my favorite haunts for quick, yet delicious grub at the end of the night ... a place called Pie Face. (No, Justin Turner doesn't come out from behind the counter and throw a pie in your face.) Guy behind the counter took my order, then gave the universal sign of respectful commiseration:

"Mets fan?"

This turned into a ten minute conversation about who should stay and who should go ... at 1:15 in the morning, mind you. More proof that even at the very point of the baseball season where there are as many off days in front of us as humanly possible, with every reason to forget about this team and move on to other disasters like, say, the Jets ... or the NHL Lockout getting ready to rob the Rangers of what is a sure Stanley Cup season ... or the Jets, there's always somebody ready to talk Mets baseball. You put out the universal sign of Mets fandom (which I'm convinced is a Darryl Strawberry t-shirt), somebody will talk baseball with you. It's like when Alfred puts up the bat signal and Adam West races around the city in a black sedan and puts the Joker in jail. A Yankee hat might mean die-hard Yankee fan. It also might mean tourist. You can't be sure. You see a guy in a Mets hat, he's a Mets fan. Nobody wears a Mets hat for style. Put on a Darryl shirt, somebody will find you and talk shop. Maybe they'll try to convince you that Josh Thole isn't as bad as you think he is. But they'll be there for you.

And this is what sustains me. If it was merely about wins and losses, I would have taken a switchblade to my sensitive areas a long time ago. But knowing that there are still people out there that care on October 3rd after 74 wins ... that might be just enough to get me to April. 

Your Jeff Kent Moment of the Week:


Stupid enough not to realize that the attachment on the top of the rice bowl was actually the hidden immunity idol. At least Jeff was smart enough to realize that it was indeed Penner, the repeat player, who had it. This development is what Kent called ... ready ... "a pure veteran move." This of course means that Kent is a rookie again, which means that his tribe should make him wear the clown suit for rookie hazing which he refused to do as a Met.

Know your place, rook.

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