Saturday, June 10, 2006

7057: Oh, So Close

Two lousy freaking hits to deep center field were all that kept rookie pitcher Alay Soler, in just his fourth major league start, from becoming the first ever Mets pitcher to record a no-hitter and erase 45 years of frustration for fans of the Blue and Orange (and sometimes Black).

The last time I felt this good about a Mets season was exactly twenty years ago. This year the annual Old Timers Day (which I think is now called something more PC) will honor those World Series winners of 20 years ago and gather as many of them that they can (those that aren't in prison, anyway). And, refreshingly, this surge by the Mets may spell an end to the Braves' dominance of the division.

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