Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 6/30/12

It's very rare that the outcome is proportional to the probable pitchers for that night. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I look at a matchup for a Mets game and think "sure win", and the Mets get clobbered. It happens the other way as well. Usually those pesky outside factors get in the way.

But when I saw that Aaron "Lemon" Harang was pitching tonight, I gotta be honest, I thought this was a game where the Mets would have their hitting shoes on, and not swing out of them. It took a while, but the Mets got him to chuck 116 pitches in five and 2/3's while scoring five of their nine runs, the last one smacking Ruben Tejada after three hits. And that's when R.A. Dickey provided another Mets moment for the ages.

Because it isn't so much the eight shutout innings, though he also provided what you would think he would provide just by seeing his name in the probable pitchers column. But the welt he gave Dee Gordon in the sixth. I don't know if Lemon Harang (or, the Harangutan as one might call him) meant to hit Tejada. It doesn't matter because Dickey protected his teammates. He's been in similar situations before but was either battling his own game or, perhaps, unsure that his fastball could actually hurt somebody. Dickey's "retaliation" showed me that he's confident enough in his place on the team to be able to do it and be respected by not only his own team, but the other team as well.

"I knew that question was probably going to come, and I'm not going to take the bait. I'm going to tell you that I tried to throw a fastball in and it slipped out of my hand a little bit." -R.A. Dickey

Translated: "Next time, I'll hit your batter in the gonads. Don't think I won't."

In other words, opponents have to know now not to screw with Dickey.

(I seriously didn't mean to write the double entendre there, folks.)

The one guy who dared screw with Dickey was the dopey reporter who asked him after the game how many curveballs he threw. Must make Dickey sad to think "Damn, I talked to these reporters for hours when the series started. Told them my story. Told them about how I've perfected the knuckleball. Wrote a damn book. Yet I still got asked how many curve balls I threw tonight." Think about it ... there's a person that gets paid good money to ask R.A. Dickey how many curve balls he threw. I'd think about fifteen unemployed people heard that and blew their brains out.

Now that's someone that needs to be hit in the gonads. By Bobby Parnell. While blindfolded. With a fastball. And then with a curveball so he'll know the difference.

Then again, this is the same city that thought the Stanley Cup winner plays basketball in Sacramento.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Enes Kanter wants to become American citizen

Report: O.J. Simpson's parole hearing set for July

Baseball may soon enter an era of two-way players

Kyrie Irving: Cavs were served ‘slice of humble pie’

Report: NFL teams question Darrelle Revis’ commitment to the game

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Zaza Pachulia partially blames Gregg Popovich for his family receiving death threats

Sens coach Guy Boucher: We know Pens 'are the better team'

IndyCar drivers Dixon, Franchitti robbed at gunpoint in Taco Bell drive-thru

Fans in new Raiders Vegas stadium will be able to place bets on mobile devices?

Luke Walton not stressing LaVar Ball, cites his dad's 'big personality'

Ex-motorcycle champion Nicky Hayden dies after collision in Italy

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Three Up, Three Down: Astros dominate in every category

Box Score 5/19: Heartbreak in OT

Sports & Politics Intersect: NBA power players continue to speak against Trump

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Three Up, Three Down: Astros dominate in every category

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker