Well, just another reason to hate Cole Hamels.
In more no-hitter lunacy, all that stood between R.A. Dickey and Mets immortality was a sixth inning base hit by not only the opposing pitcher, but one of the most hateable in Mets lore, Cole Hamels. However, it shouldn't take away from the fact that Dickey was brilliant, more so than he was against the Phillies last week in Philadelphia. Gee, must have been all those signs the Mets steal, right Charlie?
So that's two in a row for the Mets, who haven't done that since the Richard Hidalgo era. But more importantly, that's 2-0 since Frankie Rodriguez "galvanized the team" with his assault on a family member:
"Maybe it's a distraction we need ... Not to say it's a good thing, but maybe at the end of the day, we can turn it into a positive."-Jeff Francoeur
They'll write to that on the 2010 highlight film to be shown on SNY in February. "The Mets used K-Rod's spark, a spark that was created by the friction of his fist on his father-in-law's face, to reel off their first two-game winning streak in a month to help them get back in the race." Makes you wonder if this is what kids are going to be taught if Frenchy wins the grant to get them to school more often. Yeah, good message. Coincidentally, just a week earlier when asked what he felt the team needed, Frenchy said that he wished that someone would start a fight in the family lounge. Unfortunately, it didn't help Frenchy's game as, with a runner on third base on Friday (who should have scored on a home run that was taken away because umpires either don't know ground rules or don't get video), he swung at a ball pitched towards the dugout, and a pitch at his eyes to strike out. Good going, Frenchy. If that wasn't the distraction he needed, I hate to see the one that works.