Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 6/30/13
Taylor Jordan of the Nationals kept three souvenir baseballs from his first ever start in the big leagues. His first pitch, first strikeout, and first hit. That's a lot of balls, as we know because Keith Hernandez was counting them in a way that told you that he longs for the old days when souvenirs weren't collected like they were baseball cards. (By the way, nice to have Keith back for two straight days. I remember a time when Keith worked every day, and it was Darling that only worked once every five.) Me? Hell, let Taylor Jordan collect all the balls he wants. The one he couldn't get was for his first major league victory. He did have a cavalcade of errors from the left side of his infield that he could have put on the mantle piece, including the big one which scored Daniel Murphy with what turned out to be the winning run in a 5-1 Mets victory. A victory in which Dillon Gee was, aside from the fourth, close to spotless for six innings. And lucky for him, the bullpen showed up to battle and not to stare longingly at the clouds. Two things: The Mets have been getting a lot of help from stupidity. First from the White Sox, now by the Nationals. Don't knock it though ... it's better than giving away games in the same fashion, which the Mets have tried to do even while winning. As bad as Friday's game was (and it was bad), it's hard to argue with eight for their last 12. Of course if the Mets were just a little tighter, eight could have easily been ten. Also, David Wright was beaned high and hard by Craig Stammen. Probably an accident, and at least Stammen didn't tip his cap to the crowd like a douchebag. I sound like a broken record, I know. But can we retaliate? And not for revenge, not to get a macho "pound of flesh", not to get somebody's collarbone broken, and not to send a message to the Nationals. But how about sending a message to the entire league? Wright has been pitched inside for a good four years now, and he hits the dirt a lot. Why? Partly because he's the only one in the Mets lineup worth dusting, and because the Mets never retaliate, teams know they can get away with it. While it probably won't happen, somebody on the Nationals need to take one in the ribs or hit the dirt on Sunday. I know that more and more people out there seem to be taking the attitude of "oh it's unnecessary, the best revenge is to win ... retaliatory beanballs are childish." That's fine and dandy and pollyanic. But how will the Mets be able to win with Wright taking welts, bruises, and maybe another concussion because teams, Nationals or not, know that they can deliver these without being punished because the Mets never, ever retaliate unless it's Shawn Estes two years later? We don't have to go back to the "eye for an eye" attitude that the '86 team had (their pitchers didn't even have to go inside, the batters themselves just charged the mound). I'm not even hoping for that anymore. But how about just one message to the entire league? Just once??!?!?!??
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Brock Lesnar won't be punished by WWE for UFC drug test

Report: Cowboys to be fined up to $250K for suspended players

Data shows NFL-backed youth program that claimed reduced concussions is bogus

Report: Odom’s family working hard to get him to go to rehab

Drug dealers adding Olympic rings to cocaine wrappers in Rio

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Cowboys have ‘no interest’ in Freeney, Hardy

Report: Bradham was defending girlfriend during alleged assault

Elliott domestic violence case being taken to city prosecutor

Belichick: Brady is not going to lose his starting job

Report: Brown 'confident' Steelers will rework his contract

Report: J.T. Barrett lost full scholarship over summer for DWI

Durant: Being cheered by Oracle Arena crowd ‘felt a little weird’

Reds 'picking up the pace' on Jay Bruce trade talks

10 must-watch WWE Network outside-the-ring videos

Is Marchand worth the money he’s reportedly asking for?

Rams sent emails hawking hats to old ticket holders in St. Louis

Miami Marlins unveil logo for 2017 MLB All-Star Game

Enes Kanter blasts writer over Russell Westbrook bashing

WATCH: Rick Sutcliffe cuts up tie during Cubs-White Sox game

Kirk Cousins has excellent take on franchise tag

Broncos DB during DUI arrest: I can't wait to tell Obama

NBA champ Cavs honored with 2,000-pound butter sculptures

John Daly dons super-patriotic outfit for Champions Dinner

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

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

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