My friend John and I trekked to Brooklyn to watch the last regular season Yankee game and Superman Doomsday with our friend Deshant and his girlfriend Tracy. When I e-mailed the plan around three weeks ago, I billed it as "Superman Doomsday (Hopefully Not Yankees' Doomsday)."
Deshant made chili, Tracy made biscuits, and John brought a cannoli cake. We watched some of the Yankee game. Jorge Posada managed, Andy Pettitte was bench coach, and Mike Mussina was pitching coach. We were more drawn to what turned out to be doomsday for the Mets' 2007 season.
Met fans are calling for Tom Glavine's head: How could he come up short in such a huge spot? They're calling for Willie Randolph's head: How did he manage to lose a 7 1/2-game lead with 17 games to go? In this Yankee fan's opinion, they should be calling for a better bullpen.
Dump Tom Glavine? He's close to retirement anyway. If the Mets' relief pitching had held more leads, he wouldn't be in the position of pitching a crucial game on the last day of the regular season.
Dump Willie Randolph for a more fiery manager? Fiery rarely works over the long haul of a season. Managers don't play the games anyway.
Get younger? The current Mets are young, and because of that, they have a hothead like Jose Reyes and a hotdog like Lastings Milledge.
Reporters and fans are asking how the Mets will overcome the worst collapse on MLB history. My answer would be that next season is a new season. Everyone starts 0-0 with nothing to overcome.
Don't get me wrong. I sympathize after the Yanks' historic 2004 postseason collapse.