Thursday, May 22, 2003

Game 46 - Mets

Mets 5, Phillies 4
Record: 20-26

This stat flashed up on the screen in the 9th inning of this game: "The Phillies are 25-0 when leading after 7 innings; The Mets are 0-18 when trailing after 7 innings." Down 4-3 after 7, the Amazin'-ly un-clutch Mets got one in the 8th from Cliff Floyd's bomb to dead center, then plated the game-winner in the bottom of the 9th when former Red Sox bust Tony Clark singled home household name Marco Scutaro. [Scutaro is pronounced "Scooter-oh," at least according to Fran Healy and the boys at MSG. Methinks it might actually sound a little more Old World than that, but nicknames will come much easier this way.] So the new-look, scrappy Mets are now 1-18 when trailing after 7.

In addition to the Mets/Sox final record bet I have with Mr. Russell (and you see how well that one's going), I have another potentially costly wager in the works. I have once again made a Mets/Phillies bet wherein every win all season long nets the victor a case of winner's choice beer. And while this was a substantial pot at stake when there was a balanced schedule and there were 11 or 12 match-ups, the unbalanced schedule offers 19 New York v. Philadelphia contests this season. Yikes. I guess the question you're probably asking is: should I call Gamblers Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous first? Anyway, right now I am in the hole 24 Pabst bottles and up 24 Koch's Golden Anniversaries. At least we both have very cheap tastes in malt beverage.

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