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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The Hot Ex-Girlfriend: Dodgers 8, Mets 0

David Pinto tipped me off to an excellent post at Sully Baseball about how new Citi Field is really a shrine to the Dodgers:
In 2007 I wrote about how insane the design of CitiField was. It is a shrine to a team that ripped the heart out of Brooklyn and ignores the history of the team that has to actually play there.

I had equated the Mets with a husband who pines for his hot ex girlfriend while ignoring his plain Jane but loyal wife.

I think it might be even more pathetic than that.

I think the Mets are kind of like Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character in Boogie Nights and the Dodgers are Dirk Diggler.

Remember when he bought the Transam because he wanted to impress Dirk Diggler and Dirk doesn’t care at all?

That’s what’s happening here.

I kinda have to agree; it's almost as funny (and ironically tasteless) as the "Shrine" ad that appeared in the 2002 World Series program, with a photo of Ebbets Field. Sure, Robinson's number belongs to every team now, but in the case of the Mets, it's really awkward to remind the team of its Dodger heritage... especially right now.

The Mets' new park is something of a disaster for them, or maybe more accurately, disasters have happened coincidental to their opening the new park. Among other things, the Mets have collectively hit 26 home runs at home all year, but at least they're consistent (50 HR to date); they're a punchless group wherever they go. The Mets DL is a catechism of pain, with injuries to Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes, and three of their starting pitchers besides (though you could argue that Oliver Perez on the DL is a blessing in that way).

The Dodgers got quickly to Mike Pelfrey, touching him for three in the second in a fairly humiliating way, the first run scoring on a bases-loaded walk. Manny Ramirez singled in the other two, and the Dodgers were off to the races, as it were; if they didn't post a lot of big innings, they surely kept at it, extracting blood from the bullpen as well; the former Dodger Elmer Dessens relieved Pelfrey in the fourth after the latter failed to record even an out in that inning.

Meantime, Clayton Kershaw was pretty damned good, something he's been quietly doing since at least June 16. A 0.61 ERA in that span? That's Koufaxian.

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