It’s late but here’s my Halloween tip:  Every year I put out a huge EMPTY bowl on the front porch.    Next to it I put a sign, “Take One.”


I felt sorry for myself for being a Giants football fan as I watched them lose to the Saints, until I met a New York Mets fan.


My take on last night’s Mets/Royals game — none of this is hindsight.  I said it at the time it took place.

  1. I liked that Manager Collins let Harvey pitch the 9th . . . BUT, that decision should have come as Harvey was walking to the dugout after the last out in the 8th.   Harvey having to campaign in between innings to continue ruined his mojo, his zone, his concentration, his feng shui.   Once that was put in his head . . . TOO LATE!   He should have been taken out, and I’m still not much the fan of the Mets closer.  
  2. Yoenis Cespedes – After he fouled the pitch off his knee, Manager Collins should have made him try to run up and down the baseline.   Cespedes could barely walk, let alone run.  He was a double-play, home-to-first, waiting to happen.   The Mets were lucky he only popped out.   The Mets should have pinch-hit for Cespedes, even though he already had two strikes on him.
  3. The Mets should have let Jonathon Niese continue in the 12th.   Pitchers are a quirky bunch.  Some days they have it, some days they don’t.  Niese pitched well in his inning, an indication he perhaps “had it” that day.  Bringing in Addison Reed was introducing an “unknown”.   Did he have it or not?   No, last night he didn’t have it.
  4. Eric Hosmer – the announcers were touting his brilliant dash home from third on the infield grounder.   If the play was properly executed, he would have been out by 8 feet and chastised for the ill-advised attempt.   It wasn’t brilliant, it was lucky.  


The better team won.  I picked the Royals in 6.   Still, the Mets were leading in the 8th inning in four games of a 5-game series, and leading in the 9th in three of them.   Could have easily been the Mets in five.


Where was the champagne?   Everything seems so scripted these days during the World Series celebrations.  I don’t like the immediate distribution of the World Champion hats and t-shirts during the celebration on the field.  Yes, I know it’s all about the marketing but I don’t like it.   I don’t like the extended celebration on the field.  I’d rather the scene of champagne in the locker room.   I don’t like the goggles the players have to protect their eyes from the sprayed champagne.  I don’t like the post-game interviews with the MVP at an antiseptic podium.   Take the celebration inside into the locker room, bring out the champagne, and let the bubbly burn the eyeballs.  And do the interviews there.


And could FOX relax on the stats.  I was inches from putting on the mute if I heard one more, “This is the first time since . . . .”  


Wow, what a difference a week makes.   Last week Daniel Murphy was god-like here in New York.  And a month ago, Met fans would have paid Yoenis Cespedes billions to stay next year.   Now?  Pfffttttttt.


Oh, and I always have a keen interest in how the last out of the World Series is shot.    Last night, a low ball was called strike three.   The catcher runs toward the pitcher for the jump and hug . . . . and we missed it.   The director decides to cutaway just as the pitcher/catcher celebration is about to take place.   BUT the director did feel it was worthy enough to show the pitcher/catch three times later in slow-motion replay.   It would have been better LIVE!  

As always, there are too many cameras in use which ends up showing too little.


My goodness . . . it’s extra innings of the World Series . . . the Mets are up . . . and the lead-off batter is facing an infield shift.    No one on the left side.    How about a BUNT!?   A lead-off BUNT down third!    Duda?  Conforto?   How about a bunt?  You know, to start off the inning!   The lead-off batter getting on seemed to work for the Royals!   Winter to-do list: Practice 250 bunts a day.   Mickey Mantle used to bunt.  Every player who faces a shift should be given a photo of a bunting Mickey Mantle.  


The New York Giants – the Saints tie the score with 36 seconds left in the game.  Giants run three plays, punt, and the Saints kick a field goal to win in that 36 seconds.   Oy.


Oh, one more thing about the World Series champion Kansas City Royals.   Do any of us think of royalty when we think of Kansas City?  No, and here’s why.

From a Jared Diamond/Kevin Helliker article in the Wall Street Journal article last year . . . A contest in 1968 was held to name the new baseball franchise coming to KC.   A Kansas City engineer named Sanford Porte proposed “Royals,” in honor of Missouri’s billion-dollar livestock income.    Kansas City was the nation’s leading stocker and feeder market and home of the nationally known American Royal parade and pageant.  His suggestion was the winner.  

So there you have it.  The Royals are named after “The American Royal,” Kansas City’s famous livestock show, famous since 1899.

The Mets are short for Metropolitans.