In what was a monotonous often boring pre-last-game ballgame Saturday night at Citi-Field Lucus Duda saved the day in one swing of his bat with a walk-off screamer that hit the right foul pole netting like a cannonball shot at close distance.
Players on both sides were swinging at first pitches all night to make outs rather than get hits which made me realize they were all going to the same after game bars or parties to celebrate the end of the season.
The final game on Sunday afternoon would find most players scurrying to make flights by early evening after packing up, listening to coaches speeches and bidding one another adieu.
Thus Saturday night was the only practical venue for season ending celebrations for players on two teams not going to the post season.
There was determination in Dud’s eyes that was manifested in a fierce swing that was representative of the pent up frustrations, anger and disappointment of Met’s fans.
For fans watching the baseball Duda crushed was symbolically the head of either Alderson, Collins or either one of the two Wilpons.
This requires no explanation if you are a Mets fan and look back over the past few years of “silent” rebuilding that actually cloaked the bean counting activities of the ownership and brass. They surreptitiously unloaded key players like Beltran & Pagan & Reyes who would have gotten the Mets to post season. The sole purpose had to do with money, and not Mets fans.
It’s impossible to avoid the speculation that personal financial problems has put aside the goals of a major league team for an extended period of time.
Now finally the 2015 season does look promising – but only IF the Mets ownership doesn’t screw around with Daniel Murphy to make a few dollars more profit or perhaps make up for losses incurred outside of baseball.
As the Yankees have taught major league baseball – satisfying fans and winning is a priority and profit will follow naturally!