Oct 28

Orange And Blue Diary World Series Part Two-Sports Talk With Anthony Bonelli And More

There are certain times where life is more important than the outcome of a baseball game, that is why I must begin this entry by extending my deepest condolences and sympathies to Kansas City Royals’ starting pitcher Edinson Volquez and his family as they mourn the loss of Volquez’s father who passed away yesterday prior to Game 1. There have been conflicting reports on whether Volquez was aware of this prior to taking the mound last night, regardless I can only imagine the pain he and his family are feeling right now. Someone once told me baseball makes everything okay, and although I realize it will not take the pain away I hope baseball helps this family in the smallest of ways.

As I try and eloquently compose my thoughts I am continuing to wipe the sleep out of my eyes. It took until the wee hours of the morning to decide who was going to be victorious in Game 1 of the World Series. Forgetting my allegiances for a minute it certainly was an exciting game to watch. I was definitely on an emotional roller coaster. Unfortunately my roller coaster ride concluded on a downward turn as the Royals were victorious in Game 1 5-4.

If you remember I wrote yesterday that the Royals had it all that being, speed, pitching, and the ability to hit home runs. The Royals displayed all of those positive attributes over the course of the 14 innings that it took to decide a winner. They wasted no time showcasing those attributes, in the bottom of the first inning Alcides Escobar who led off the inning drove the first pitch he saw into the left-center field gap, as the ball which should have been easily caught mind you bounced around the outfield Escobar raced around the bases and scored the first run of the game. Escobar is the first player since 1929 to lead off a World Series game with an Inside- the- Park Home Run. As you can imagine that is not the way the New York Mets envisioned the World Series starting. Swinging at the first pitch seemed to be the Royals’ strategy at the plate last night, and let me tell you it was a great strategy which paid great dividends. In the bottom of the fifth inning Ben Zobrist swung at the first pitch Matt Harvey released from his fingertips and lined a Double down the Right-Field Line which started a two-run rally which tied the game at three.

Runs were certainly hard to come by for the next three innings as both teams struggled to get a run across. In the top of the eighth inning the Mets got the true meaning of a lucky bounce, with two outs and Juan Lagares on second base Wilmer Flores hit a bouncing ball down to first which bounced over the glove of Royals’ first baseman Eric Hosmer which allowed Lagares to score the go-ahead run. I am pretty sure I know what every Mets’ fan was thinking about Bill Buckner and the 1986 World Series which the Mets won 29 years ago yesterday.

As I wrote yesterday, the Royals have made many what seemed to be insurmountable comebacks all postseason, unfortunately for the fans of the orange and blue last night was no different. In the top of the ninth inning with one out and Jeurys Familia who has been virtually unhittable all postseason on the mound reinforced the notion that all good things must come to an end. Alex Gordon hit the game-tying Home Run over the Center Field wall, as the ball went over the wall I could hear the sound of hearts breaking that being the hearts of Mets’ fans including my own.

I have written extensively about the Mets’ inability to get a big hit when it is needed, this has been a recurring problem all season and it reared its ugly head again last night, especially in extra innings. The Mets had numerous chances to take the lead but their inability just to make contact with the baseball caused them to lose the game last night. As I have written before, a team cannot rely on one aspect of the team to carry the rest of the team. Bartolo Colon along with the other members of the bullpen who were asked to pitch last night did a solid job, but you can only ask them to hold a team like the Kansas City Royals scoreless for so long.

In the bottom of the 14th inning Escobar led off with a Single Zobrist then singled through the right side of the infield allowing Escobar to go from first to third which almost made the task of scoring the game-winning run a certainty since the Mets had not yet recorded an out in the inning. The Mets then played this strategy game when they decided to intentionally walk Lorenzo Cain in the hopes of inducing a Double-Play or at the very least not allowing the game-winning run to score, neither of which occurred. Sports can give a player a chance at redemption, Hosmer got that chance after making the error in the eighth inning and capitalized on it Hosmer drove in the game-winning run with a Sacrifice Fly.

The Mets are now in yet another must win situation, but I believe they will accomplish this feat tonight. Why do I believe that they will do so, because of the fact that Jacob deGrom will be taking the mound for the orange and blue. He has been in this situation before and answered the bell I have no reason to think he will not do the same tonight. Fans of the orange and blue do whatever you have to do tonight to be able to scream your lungs out and yell LET’S GO METS!!!!