We were rooting for you. We were all rooting for you!
The New York Mets 7-2 elimination loss to the Kansas City Royals had me feeling like Tyra Banks lighting into a model on America’s Next Top Model, cycle 192.
After the New York Jets and Giants both shat the bed, I was counting on the Mets to redeem us all with a win to force Game 6. But nah. The Mets blew a two-run lead in the 9th inning, and ultimately had their World Series hopes crushed in extra innings by the Kansas City Royals.
We all saw it go down. Matt Harvey pitched a beautiful, 8-inning shutout game. The Mets were three outs away from boarding a plane back to Kansas. After successfully pleading with manager Terry Collins to let him pitch the 9th, Harvey started the inning shaky and allowed two men on.
Although Collins’ decision backfired, he made the right call. Harvey showed no major signs of fatigue and quite frankly, he deserved a chance to close out the game. He wanted it. The fans wanted it. Everyone wanted it. Though he blew it, he has nothing to be sorry about. It was Lucas Duda’s textbook throw home that went askew and left the door wide open for the Royals to do what they do best — fight on and send the game into extra innings.
The next few innings were tough to watch. Admittedly, I was in and out of sleep. I dozed off in the 12th inning when the score was 4-2, and awoke when it was 7-2. In total dismay, I couldn’t believe my eyes, but knew there was no way the Mets would manufacture 5 runs to tie it up at the bottom of the 12th. And so it goes…the Mets didn’t respond, while the Royals finally got its first World Series win in 30 years, after two consecutive trips to the championship series.
This loss will sting Mets fans for a while. Making it to a World Series with so many opportunities to win (game 1 — blown save, game 4 – Daniel Murphy error, and game 5 – Duda’s bad throw), and coming up short is not easily forgettable. They’ll avoid ESPN for a week or two, and will have flashbacks at the most random times, but when it’s all said and done, there’s a lot for Mets fans to celebrate.
The team overachieved this season. In April, no one expected the Mets to be in the World Series and have a legit shot at winning. After many excruciating years of exercising patience and understanding with management and underdeveloped talent, it finally paid off. The Mets have a bright future ahead. They have some offseason personnel decisions to make, but overall, the Mets are trending in the right direction.
Winning a sports title for New York City would’ve been nice, but the Mets magical run still brought a euphoric feeling to the city that most New Yorkers relished in. It was a fun ride Mets. Congrats on a successful season.
And, much props to the Royals for getting it done. They are a relentless team that doesn’t know what it means to quit. Royals fan or not, you have to respect a team with that type of DNA. What a great series!