Turn Out the Lights…

mnfThose of you old enough to remember when Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford and Don Meredith (the best broadcast team ever, by the way) used to do “Monday Night Football,” you’ll recall that when the game was finally out of reach, “Dandy” Don would sing “Turn out the lights, the party’s over…” Well, that tune ran through my head as I was watching Sunday’s game ended with yet another Mets loss.

Now, I know that less than a week ago I wrote that I thought the Mets still had a chance. Ah, what a difference a week makes. The Mets needed to win at least  two out of three from both the Braves and the Phillies in order to get back into the race. Instead, they lost two out of three to both teams.

The Mets are now nine games behind the Braves and seven games behind the Phillies. I don’t see them making up that distance. They are also seven and a half games out of the wild card with five teams ahead of them. That is an even taller order, because the Mets would need all five teams to go into slumps. Stranger things have happened (oh, I don’t know, blowing a seven game lead with 17 games to play comes to mind), but the odds are against them.

So what do the Mets do now? They shouldn’t throw in the towel, but it’s time to start thinking about next season. If guys like Jeff Francoeur and Luis Castillo are not part of the plans for 2011, let them go now and play guys who may actually be on the team next season. The same goes for Jerry Manuel. If he won’t be in the dugout in 2011, get rid of him now.

Whatever happens, the next month and a half will not be very fun. Unless the Mets have one more hot streak left in them. We can only hope. As Mets fans, we’re used to doing that.

2 thoughts on “Turn Out the Lights…

  • August 10, 2010 at 5:36 am
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    The problem with the Mets it not the coach or player but with the OWNERS the wilpon the worst owner in MLB they have no clue about running a team period. If two years of the team failure they made no changes instead they only in brace there stupid decision by keeping Omar and stay with this long with Jerry when he looks so lost as a coach. This line up has no morale just looking at there playing on the field they look like deer caught in the head lights.
    Now is the time to pick a new coach & GM for next year and let him judge the players but Frenchy, ollie, Luis and even Beltran need to go there is nothing to gain with them still on the feel.
    But please get rid of Jeff is the CEO of this company this man is dumber the dirt about baseball.
    Daddy is no better what team builds a new stadium and design if after a team that left NYC and open it with nothing in it about past Mets team but a statue of a player that never played for a NYC team, he might as well have put a statue of the Babe in there. We paid $100 for a ticket in there best box and no view of right field when there a play, I will never attend another game at this park, but will catch them at a real stadium

  • August 12, 2010 at 9:09 am
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    Rick – I agree 150% with you! AMEN BROTHER! The Wilpons don’t have a clue. The only thing that will save this franchise is if Bernie Madoff gets out of jail and buys the team!

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