Sometimes when you go to a ball game, you wind up sitting near that one guy whose devotion to his team knows so few limits that he feels he must constantly remind others of his superiority to all other fans of his team. He’ll be loud and decked out in team apparel, and will make sure that you know whenever something happens on the field. And you’ll know what he thinks about it, too. You may even see him heckling opposing players; I once listened to a guy in outfield seats repeatedly shout “SALLY DAAAAY!” at Matt Holliday each time he came to bat.
Today, it was a Mets fan clad in an ill-fitting jersey who raised his hands in triumph at every ball thrown by a Brewer pitcher or strike taken by a batter. He clapped-I’m not lying-clapped on a safe call following a pickoff attempt at first base, simply because Brewer fans were booing.
Needless to say, it was especially irritating to watch his antics after the Mets knocked around Kameron Loe to the tune of five runs in the eighth. Loe wasted a beautiful outing by Randy Wolf, who threw 6.2 innings of 1-run ball. By the end of Loe’s performance, the Mets led 6-2, and it looked like the Brewers would drop the series. And the Mets fan danced and danced.
I gave him a little taste of his own medicine in the bottom of the inning when Braun doubled, knocking in Morgan and Weeks to cut the deficit to 2. And then I kindly reminded him that Prince was coming up and was going to knock one out just for him. “Fine, we’ll still be up a run,” was the reply. Apparently Mets fans aren’t very good at counting.
And I’ll be damned if Prince didn’t hit career home run number 209, tying the game and putting Fielder ahead of Gorman Thomas (208) for third on the franchise home run list. Prince won’t top Yount’s 251 before he leaves in free agency this year, but man, what a season Fielder is having. The shot was Prince’s second of the night, in fact, and his ninth in the last seven games. I am going to miss that man.
It was Tony Plush who sent me out into the rain with a walk off double in the bottom of the ninth. He might not have recognized the significance of his hit (he said later he thought it was the bottom of the eighth), but everyone else in the stadium did. Morgan’s ho-hum line this year (he’s only on base at a .387 clip and slugging .557) has me really excited that as a first-time arbitration player next year, he could be around for a while.