What Could’ve Been

11 Mar

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By Jim Walters

Take yourself back to that fateful Thursday October night in 2006 when Flushing was the center of the baseball world. Shea Stadium was filled to capacity and the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals battled in the seventh and final game of the National League Championship Series.

We know about the Endy Chavez catch, the Yadier Molina home run and the Carlos Beltran strike out. We even remember Willie Randolph tapping Cliff Floyd to pinch hit and not sacrifice as well as the strong performance of an unknown starter named Oliver Perez.

What we sometimes forget is what happened in the bottom of the sixth inning when all the momentum in the world favored the home team after Chavez’ amazing catch. New York loaded the bases with the help of a Scott Rolen error, giving Jose Valentin the opportunity to come to the plate with the bases loaded and one out.

What would’ve happened to this franchise if Valentin drove in that run or if Chavez, who followed, was able to get a two-out hit. The Mets could’ve went on to win the World Series and maybe all of the September collapses that followed could’ve been different. We will never know.

On the day we heard Jose Reyes would be away from the game for as many as eight weeks, adding further panic to a beaten fan base that is still shell shocked from a snake-bitten 2009, I find myself thinking back to that October night when 55,000 fans believed there was no way that the Mets weren’t on their way to the World Series.

The Mets were on top of the world following the catch and the go ahead run was only 90 feet away with Valentin at the plate.

It’s been all down hill ever since.

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3 Responses to “What Could’ve Been”

  1. keithosaunders March 12, 2010 at 12:54 AM #

    How true. I’ll never forget the elation I felt after that catch, and the feeling that we were going to break it open in the bottem of that inning.

    Even after that devistating playoff loss the future looked bright for the Mets. That’s what makes the colpases and the injuries so devestating. It is painfully clear that the window of opportunity has slammed shut and that there is nothing left to do but rebuild.

    I have never felt this depressed 3 weeks before opening day.

  2. carmelo March 12, 2010 at 2:41 AM #

    thats tru jimmy good post….

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