(Editor's note: In my very first post ... ever ... one of the things I promised was jokes at Jason Phillips' expense. I look back and I realize that I failed in this regard. I humbly apologize and bring you some topical Phillips humor:)
Ruben Tejada had gone 0-for-28 before he had come up in the seventh inning against Houston on Wednesday. One more would have matched him with the immortal Jason Phillips who once had a streak of 0-for-29. The ironic part was that Tejada had matched Phillips earlier in the season by length of hitting streak by a rookie. But just one more at-bat and Ruben would have had to wear the very pair of goggles that Phillips left behind back in 2004.
Instead, Tejada cracked a double off Brett Myers, and R.A. Dickey followed with a double of his own. Dickey would later score to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Ruben no longer was in danger of wearing the goggles.
But Dickey, in to close his own game in the ninth with a 2-1 lead, gave up a dinger to Geoff Blum (first of the season ... why not!) to tie the game and cause me to put my head through a wall. For about a half inning I thought I was Eli Manning having just been hit by Calvin Pace. And who could blame Dickey if he went to the dugout and did the same thing? Any offense from the Mets and Dickey would be 15-4 ... or, something. So I think we would have forgiven him if he went postal on his teammates (but not their fathers-in-law). Even David Wright was sickened by the offensive display he has been partially responsible for. Luckily, Dickey isn't as reckless as I am. And I came to in time to see Ike Davis squander an opportunity in the tenth with the bases loaded.
Davis, you see, was on his own 0-for-19 odyssey after he grounded out in the tenth. This presented a problem because who would want to wear those "I Like Ike" t-shirts if they depicted our hero wearing Jason Phillips' goggles? That's a worse marketing idea than Our Team Our Time. What would Modell's do then?
Luckily, Davis got himself a base hit the next at-bat, and then drove in the winning run with a sac fly in the fourteenth. So that's three runs in 14 innings, and a victory over the equally offensively challenged Houston Astros which, let's face it, was a battle to see which lineup could underachieve more. And as a result, Phillips model goggles are being passed around the Houston clubhouse. Sure, they'll use that whole "Bobby Parnell was hitting 102 on the gun" excuse, but c'mon. There were 12 other innings. So put on your goggles and live with it.
Oh, and ... uh, Jason Phillips was so slow the Chariots of Fire theme plays when he walks. Yeah, that was worth waiting five seasons.