I’m really jealous of many of our recappers and commentators that are way more creative than I am. I try and try to come up with something interesting or entertaining to say and I get nothing. Especially for a game like this – remembering Opus from the Berke Breathed comics is the best I have. When he was depressed, he’d go sit in a field of dandelions. Those comics made such an impression on my oldest daughter that, when she became an artist her magnum opus was a six foot dandelion that was a mixed media sculpture (wood, steel, fabric). Unusual for an art piece, it was designed to be interactive for kids (very springy – a characteristic my daughter called “woogly”). Her little sister (at 6yo) proved its success as you can tell from the picture.
My only purpose in talking about this is that the picture above should represent pure joy as an offset to the ugliness and depression of tonight’s game. I’d bill this game as the Unstoppable Force (Braves offense) against the Immovable Object (deGrom). Well, tonight, the Unstoppable Force crashed and burned. It happens. And, of course, it happened on Tuesday night. Bad Julio further rudely interrupted this theme by making an unexpected appearance against a Mets offense that should be the Easily Stoppable Force. Bad Julio survived for two innings before the Mets shellacked him in the 3rd and 4th for 6 runs. At this point, I prayed for a huge thunderstorm before the 5th ended but no such luck.
I can’t say that any of the other pitchers that followed were much better. Touki needs to go back to AAA and get his mojo back. The only one to not give up a run was Dayton. Of course, he had to load the bases before getting out of his inning. I guess the silver lining was the two solo homers Freddie and JD hit off deGrom in the 9th. Especially amusing since deGrom had no business trying to finish that game. Also ironic as the Mets had just hit two solo homers off of Tomlin. Sigh. I especially appreciated Freddie’s HR as not only did it end deGrom’s shutout bid but it also showed the home plate ump what Freddie Freeman does to actual strikes.
Tomorrow’s another day and, when we win tomorrow, this game will be quickly and thankfully forgotten.