It turned out to be a decent Part 1 of the Subway Series. Far from an all-time classic, but enough to get us through the weekend and propel us into this week.
Off of Game 3, I wrote that we'll have a much better feeling about these two teams come July. Which probbaly won't grab me that Pulitzer I've been trying to get. But I thought it was interesting to think about how much will have transpired by the time July 1comes around.
Will the Mets still be flirting with .500? Will NIck Swisher still look more lost than Tom Hanks' character in "Cast Away"? Will Jorge Posada still be a Yankee? Will Jose Reyes still be a Met?
(I'd guess yes and yes, on those last two. Posada definitely is looking better. July 1 will be too early to trade Reyes.)
--Quite amusing that the play of the game was Alex Rodriguez's swinging bunt, in light of a) A-Rod's great numbers when the opponent intentionally walks Mark Teixeira to face A-Rod; and b ) the chatter in the yakosphere (trademark Neil Best) about the Yankees being too reliant upon home runs.
Yesterday showed that the key is getting on base, which the Yankees have been doing. Sometimes, you just need a little luck to achieve the supposedly arduous task of "hitting in the clutch."
--Similarly, Derek Jeter's big hit - while well-stroked - benefited from location. A few inches to the left, and Jose Reyes would've had it. In any case, it was a good weekend for Jeter, who is now just 25 hits away from 3,000 for his career.
--What did you think of Joe Girardi's decision to have Curtis Granderson bunt? I didn't think it was a great call, but neither did I think it was terrible. He essentilaly set up A-Rod to hit with the bases loaded and one out, and given how well A-Rod has swung the bat the last few days, that's OK.
--I thought Terry Collins should have lifted Mike Pelfrey sooner than he did. Pelfrey's a guy like A.J. Burnett - once it starts going the wrong way, just end it, as Timmy says to George Costanza (concerning the single-dipping of a chip) in this "Seinfeld" episode.
--David Wright will see a back specialist in Los Angeles.
The Wilpons have to be very pleased with this story. They gave reporter Jeffrey Toobin a good amount of access, obviously with the hopes of getting a sympathetic story in an important publication, and it largely worked. Toobin agrees with some of the Wilpons' objections to Irving Picard's evidence.
The only downside is Fred Wilpon's comments about actual baseball, as he comes off a little Steinbrenner-esque, as Tyler Kepner put it. Wright, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran will be asked questions about Wilpon's remarks, another headache the team doesn't need.
The comments reflect Wilpon's lack of baseball savvy, really. While I don't think anyone would call the Mets' seven-year, $119-million commitment to Beltran a huge success, neither should anyone call it a fiasco. Beltran's 2006-08 were sublime, he had a very good 2009 going before he went down (and he went down hard because the Mets pushed him to play through his discomfort) and he's now playing so well that he very well might bring back some good prospects in a trade.
As for Wilpon's comment that Reyes won't get a Carl Crawford contract...well, you can bet that Reyes' agent Peter Greenberg as well as the Players Association just got a little more motivated to prove that one wrong.
But Wilpon won't sweat that stuff too much. He's fighting for his reputation and his legacy here. Looking like a baseball dope, compared to looking complicit in a Ponzi scheme, is the lesser of two evils.
--I'll check in tonight from the Stadium, as Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays are in town.