July 8, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) signs a leg cast for Mets fan Adam Zahler of West Hempstead, NY before a game against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

And Now, The End is Here

We say this every year, but we cannot believe it has gone so fast. All of a sudden, home game number 81 has arrived, and then baseball in Flushing in 2012 is no more.

On Intentional Talk last week, before we swept Miami, there was an over/under as to whether the Mets would win 7.5 games at home in the 2nd half. They weren’t really mocking us. They couldn’t fathom it either, and with the way we had been playing, both Chris Rose and Kevin Millar chose the under.

Well, we’ve now won 9 games, with a chance to actually go into double-digits today at 1:10PM. Hopefully, the 10th 2nd half home win of the year has R.A’s name attached to it.

In another world, the Mets win at least twice the amount at home in the 2nd half and these games mean more than just individual achievements, roster evaluation and practicing winning. But that is not the way the cookie crumbled. And good riddance, because there are a lot of things about this roster that must be taken care of in the offseason.

Yes, we all long for the minimum number of games the Mets play to be 173. And one day, that will be the minimum.

But for now, don’t fret. Don’t be bitter. Don’t worry. Just enjoy the baseball the way it has taken shape.

R.A. Dickey is truly something to root for. Omar Minaya left a few good things behind, none better than the Renaissance man himself. Today, I will take in not only my last game of the year, but what I hope to be a crowning achievement in that man’s life, and this franchise’s existence as well.

Whether you are taking in the game with me, watching it at home, listening to it on the radio or following it online, enjoy the last game where our pitcher goes first.

Forget all you are bitter about, all your resentment towards certain people involved, and come together to enjoy the last home game of the year.

You’ll have an entire winter to not watch it.


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