How quickly we forget…
Just twelve days after Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in franchise history; New York Mets manager Terry Collins announced that they will be appealing Wednesday night’s first inning single by Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder B.J. Upton in an attempt to turn R.A. Dickey’s one hit, 12 strikeout performance into a no-hitter.
Dickey allowed just an infield single during his second career one-hitter while breaking the franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings in a 9-1 victory over the Rays on Wednesday night. The knuckleballer became the first 10-game winner in the majors (matched by Lance Lynn later in the night), set a career best with 12 strikeouts and did not walk a batter. The only hit the Rays managed came when speedy B.J. Upton hit a high bouncer in the first inning that third baseman David Wright was unable to field with his bare hand.
Mets manager Terry Collins said the team would appeal the official scorer’s ruling on Upton’s hit to the commissioner’s office, but conceded it probably wouldn’t change the result.
“We said in the ninth inning that we’ve got to appeal that play. We’re probably not going to win it, but … what the heck,” Collins said. “What have you got to lose except to have somebody say no?”
After Upton’s hit, the 37-year-old knuckleballer permitted only one other baserunner, on a throwing error by Wright in the ninth.
So let me get this straight. The Mets are asking the official scorer change his ruling… And then what?
- Does Mets catcher Mike Nickeas put on his catching gear and walk on over to Dickey’s Tampa hotel room and make like Yogi Bera and jump into Dickey’s arms?
- The Mets play the Rays in Tampa again tonight, do they put all the same guys in their defensive positions during batting practice, count to three and then mob R.A. on the mound?
- Man David Wright really screwed the pooch on this one. What about the throwing error that Wright made in the ninth inning? Not only did he end Dickey’s franchise long scoreless streak at 32 2/3 innings (Jerry Koosman, ’73 – 31 2/3) but if by some stretch they do overturn the hit on first inning the ball hit to him and change it to an error, then Wright is responsible for screwing up a perfect game! (Which seem to come way too often these days as Matt Cain tossed one Wednesday night).
Collins has a lot of balls asking for the official scorer to overturn the call because everyone and their mother knows that Carlos Beltran hit a double against Johan Santana it was called a foul ball. So what if the NL office said to the Mets, “ok, we’ll reverse the call and give Dickey a no-hitter, but we are changing Santana’s no-hitter to a one-hitter?” Would the Mets be winning to do that? That would be fair to Beltran wouldn’t it? And what about all those commemorative no-hitter tickets the Mets sold to shamelessly make money enabling hundreds of thousands of people to suggest they were at a game that only had an attendance of 27,069… Would the Mets have to then give those people refunds?
The game is over, it is what it is so leave it alone. Haven’t the Mets learned from Back to the Future and Men in Black 3 that altering history is not a good thing?