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Fan Is Short For Fanatic

by Jim McNierney

Well, I think the Mets have finally got the rest of the league lulled into that false sense of security that has been the goal since May. They have successfully deployed Ali’s “rope a dope” strategy and are now poised to make the surprisingly lethal run at winning the NL East pennant.

They have garnered a lot of experience for the bulk of their triple-A Buffalo team over the last two months while stealthfully relating (to the press and the rest of the league) that their principle starters have been injured so badly that they won’t be able to make it back to the Major League level this season.

K-rod and the rest of the pitching staff have blown enough games that the competition won’t suspect the talent that they are about to reveal in this last six weeks of the season.

This will be a very satisfying turnaround given the disappointing collapse of the last two seasons coupled with the “one out away” end to the 2006 season. It’ll be spectacular. All fans (which is a term short for fanatic now… no logic here) will be paid back for the devotion and unwavering support that has been evidenced throughout the last four decades.

This season’s performance will be one for the ages, rivaling only the last to first finish in the final month of the season in 1973 (“Ya Gotta Believe”…. ). I’m sure Tug will be proud of them.

Oh, also in addition, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus are both coming to my house this afternoon for a spot of tea.

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