Thursday, February 23, 2006

"Remember When" – Subway Series 2000

It’s time to introduce a new feature to the site where we will look back at what we were thinking during some of the big moments in Mets history…all 3 of them! Of course, I jest. The Mets have had countless big moments…unfortunately many of them just have unhappy endings, including this first moment we will look back on.

So, for our first “Remember When” entry, let’s look back at October 2000. For this one, let’s take a look at some old saved emails so we can witness how a Met fan deals with the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. (Thank you Mr. Sussman for this idea).

Let me first introduce our friend Matt. I am confident you will see quite a few references to him on this blog over time. Anyway, my friend Matt and I were lucky to witness the Mets clinch the NL pennant at Shea Stadium. As soon as I got home, I quickly had to start reading the coverage (Matt and I get more enjoyment from “reading the articles” than from the games themselves). I sent this to Matt when I got home:

(Note: I have made no edits to any of these emails, other than omitting some non-baseball stuff)

From: Doug
Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2000 1:00 AM
To: Mathew
Subject: WHO LET THE DOGS OUT???????????????

I have to admit, after reading this stuff, a subway series would be so much fun. What a week it would be! I hope you watched sportscenter when you got home. Lots of great interviews, especially one with Leiter. You gotta love him. I swear I get chills reading our articles. My personal favorite (very chillworthy):

The headline itself is chiller.

Ah, notice the excitement and satisfaction in my voice! A day later, the Yankees finished off Seattle and we had a subway series! Optimism was running high…

From: Doug
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2000 8:55 PM
To: Mathew
Subject: best news yet!

From a yahoo article:

Baseball has talked with Billy Joel about signing the national anthem before Saturday's World Series opener.

I think Game 1 (the “Run Timo Run!” game) must have been too painful, as I don’t have any noteworthy emails after that one. I remember watching the game with my father and brother, both Yankee fans (which I will discuss in a future post), and it was definitely one of the more painful moments of my life. Game 2 was no less painful…

From: Doug
Date: Monday, October 23, 2000 12:05 AM
To: Mathew
Subject: fascinating

I am watching the postgame report and Al Trautwig and Michael Kay are defending Clemens like crazy and Howie Rose and Keith Hernandez are all over him. To me...I watched it 100 times by now and I ADMIT I am biased, but I really am trying to be objective and I SWEAR it is SO obvious to me. He was looking RIGHT AT HIM! Ridiculous. He threw it at him. But it is fascinating how the Met reporters are on the Met side and vice versa.

From: Doug
Date: Monday, October 23, 2000 6:54 AM
To: Dad; Mathew
Subject: from (Jayson Stark)

"Freedom of thought is what makes America great. So feel free to believe Clemens' explanation for firing a jagged piece of bat at a hitter who has openly professed to dislike him.

Feel free to believe that he was so emotional that he didn't know he'd just broken Mike Piazza's bat in 16 billion pieces and therefore was unable to distinguish a baseball from a flying piece of ash.

And while you're at it, feel free to believe that Ed McMahon is dying to come to your house and give you a million dollars, too, even if you don't subscribe to "Modern Computing and Home Decorating."

From: Doug
Date: Monday, October 23, 2000 11:30 PM
To: Dad
Subject: to be fair

Bob Murphy didn't think he was aiming for Piazza. But he is senile.

To this day, I am still dumbfounded by anyone who actually believes Clemens didn’t purposely throw the bat at Piazza. But enough about that. After winning Game 3, the Mets still had life and I sent this before the critical Game 4:

From: Doug
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2000 11:40 AM
To: Alan; Mathew
Subject: Guys…

"We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive!"

Game Four

Game Four final score: Yankees 3, Mets 2. Al then replies to my note:

From: Alan
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2000 1:54 AM
To: Doug, Mathew
Subject: Re: Guys…

"If we lose another one-run game, I am no longer a Met fan"
-Anonymous heartbroken Met fan


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