I recently was invited to attend an event at the Rogers Centre which included watching the Toronto Blue Jays (as you may have seen in my Snappy Friday teaser). It was a great day to be out and enjoy a ball game too, although the skies were much more impressive the day before. In the past few weeks, I have come to the conclusion that there is something wrong with Penny, so I borrowed my son’s camera (a Pentax ME Super) to see what sort of photos I would get on this day. Let’s just say, paired with my fisheye lens and a cheap 80-200 telephoto, I was left pretty impressed. Enjoy the pics I have posted, within.
Sing with me!
Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out to the crowd;
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don’t care if I never come back.
Let me root, root, root, for the BLUE JAYS,
If they don’t win, its a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out,
At the old ball game!
Being a Mets fan for all my life, I’ve seen them do great, tremendous even. I’ve seen them one step away from the pedestal of victory. I’ve shed tears of despair. I’ve seen their collapse and all the more recent struggles the Flushing bats have gone through.
Winning isn’t everything, but it is important. The Mets haven’t won a World Series since 1986, but they’ve been so close. A fan doesn’t just take pride in winning, however. Especially if you’re a Mets fan. It’s a rare event to be proud of them winning, because of the rarity of a win.
But this year, even if the Mets haven’t made it to the playoffs, this year is a proud year.
First, Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history.
Then, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey throws several one-hit games, unbelievably close to a no-no every time.
But Dickey was consistent. He won. Numerous times. 20 times, in fact. The guy became an ace. The Mets’ go-to starter. Dickey is the first Mets pitcher in 22 years to be a 20 game winner. That’s something a Mets fan can be proud about. Even through all the struggles, the years since a playoff berth, the World Series championship drought… With this bright (but lets face it, a soon to be fading) light named R.A. Dickey, we can be proud.
Read more at NY Times. Here’s a link. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/28/sports/baseball/ra-dickey-wins-20th-game-for-the-mets.html?_r=0