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??!?!?!??
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