Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 9/28/12

"I think I had a tear planted in the corner of my eye pretty much the whole night." - Larry Jones

Yeah well, that would explain your 0 for 4 on Friday.

Maybe we missed the boat on Larry. He once said that he thrived on fans chanting his given name at Shea Stadium. Maybe the Mets should have given him paintings every game. Think about it, Shea was wild for Larry, he hit .313. Citi Field, for the most part, polite. One-ninety. Making him cry during ceremonies is apparently better than making him angry. Too bad we found this out about nineteen years, 49 HR's and 159 RBI's too late. Let's remember this when Bryce Harper comes to town so we can give him ceremonies and platitudes just as Larry received tonight.

Or maybe the Mets should try this tact with Freddie Freeman, who provided the only blemish on Jon Niese's ledger tonight with a home run in the  fourth inning which no doubt sent Matt Vasgersian into histrionic convulsions. But Niese matched most every zero with Tim Hudson until the seventh when Lucas Duda worked a nine pitch at-bat with two runners on before jacking a three run HR to help win the game, in combination with Niese and Bobby Parnell's second straight save. Ironic that the Mets put one of the final nails in the coffin of Atlanta's division title hopes on the strength of three players who, for whatever reason, might not be with the team next season.

In the case of Duda's home run ... it's about f*cking time! You wonder how this season would be if Duda had hit just five home runs in places where he instead hit one of his ground balls to the right side. Well, they would be battling the Phillies for third place! Yet instead, they have merely clinched an off-season where they don't have to hear about how they finished in last place. This means that when the season ends in Miami, the entire Mets roster can commemorate the occasion by taking dirt from Marlins Park as a souvenir. So take that, Marlins ... with your skittles bag stadium and your McDonald's logo hats.

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P.S. Congratulations to my buddy who correctly predicted the no-hitter against the Pirates. Unfortunately, he predicted this event would happen on Thursday.

Your Jeff Kent Moment Of The Week:



Kent helped his tribe win immunity in Week 2 of Survivor on the strength of his ability to help drag puzzle pieces across a desolate field. He developed this ability when he tried to steal bases at the desolate field known as "Shea Stadium from the mid 90's". And as you know, he ran like he had a piano on his back normally, so this television show seems to be a natural fit for him so far. (Kent stole 12 bases as a Met while he was caught sixteen times.) Who knows how much his career would have flourished if the Mets had traded him to the Philippines instead of the Indians. I can pretty much guarantee that Joe McIlvane would have gotten more back from those tropical rainforests than Carlos Baerga.

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