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Morning reading: A call to honor Joan Payson

Joan Payson's Mets Hall of Fame plaque (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Joan Payson’s Mets Hall of Fame plaque (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Blogger Becca Boosical wants the New York Mets to do more to honor team founder and original owner Joan Payson.

Here is my call to the Mets organization and my fellow fans – let us honor the woman who brought us our Mets. She is probably the most important person in the history of our team, because without her we wouldn’t be here.  Lets do something about it.  Giver her a gate, give her a day, give her the respect she deserves.  Fans, if you don’t know about her, learn about her. … Let us honor our past, so when we celebrate, it is that much sweeter. LGM!

(Becca’s Balls via Mets Police)

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Expected losses

I’ve reached the point where it no longer bothers me when the Mets lose. I expect it.

I tuned in tonight to watch Matt Harvey‘s final start of 2012, because he’s one of the few players on the team that I actually still want to see. But before I even got the TV turned on, Harvey had already given up a leadoff home run to Jimmy Rollins. I figured he’d lose 1-0.

But the Mets surprised me. Ruben Tejada singled and actually stole a base in the third inning. Daniel Murphy got a hit to drive him in, and Harvey was off the hook. David Wright added a solo homer in the sixth, and it seemed like Harvey might get his fourth win of the season.

Bobby Parnell followed Harvey’s seven superb innings with a scoreless eighth. With Frank Francisco unavailable to pitch the ninth, Terry Collins turned to Josh Edgin and it seemed like he’d get his first major league save when he struck out the first two batters he faced.

But then it was time for our first half flashback, when the bullpen was the primary cause of frustrating losses instead of a complete absence of offense.

Chase Utley walked. Ryan Howard made a baseball disappear into the right field stands.

Game over, but not before Bob Davidson and Jordany Valdespin had an opportunity to embarrass themselves on a third strike call in the bottom of the ninth.

At least the fans who went to the game shouldn’t have had a problem getting out of the ballpark after it was all over.

Don’t look now – the Marlins are only one game behind the Mets. The race to the bottom might be one that the Mets can win.

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In case you need another reason to dislike Jimmy Rollins…

Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins are pictured together on this "Rivals" insert card produced by Upper Deck in 2009.

As Jimmy Rollins should have been focusing on the playoffs and his own team, he found time to take some shots at Jose Reyes.

“I don’t think it was ever a question of ‘how talented is Jose Reyes?’ ” Rollins said as reported by Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger. “But it was like he really did what he needed to do.” He added, “In previous years, you didn’t quite get that feeling from him being in the other dugout. And this year, you did.”

Yep, I’ll be rooting for that Cardinals, even though I don’t like them very much either.