So I was out of the country for the past week and a half. Let’s see what I missed:
— Jose Reyes is back on the disabled list with a hamstring problem
— Daniel Murphy is done for the year after tearing the MCL in his left knee (below)
— A Labor Day cutoff has been set for Ike Davis, but he is likely done for the season
— The Mets went 3-6 and are riding a four-game losing streak
On the bright side:
— This local kid Mike Baxter is a feel-good story
— Jason Bay hit a couple of home runs and raised his batting average above .250
All in all, not too bad, considering the last time I took such a long hiatus from the Mets — that would have been the last week and a half of the 2007 season. I left with the Mets comfortably in first place, and watched online day by day as the lead kept slipping away. And then waking up that Monday morning to find out the season was over — what an awful feeling.
I had that trip planned out perfectly — to the second, actually. I got home and turned on the television just as they were throwing the first pitch of the first Phillies playoff game, a game that was supposed to feature the Mets.
The stakes were much lower this time around, but even still I hated to miss the games. I am looking forward to the remainder of the season regardless of whether the games will be “meaningful” or not, to quote Fred Wilpon’s favorite expression. To a true fan, there are no meaningless Mets games.