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September redux for the Mets

We're a tragic number of two away from the Bisons losing a lot of the buzz from Monday's press conference announcing their new affiliation with the Mets. That's because the less-than-Amazins are on the verge of closing Shea Stadium with a funeral rather than a celebration.

The Choke II is coming to Flushing, an appropriately named town for what the Mets are doing to another season.

Last year they had a seven-game lead in the NL East with 17 to play and went 5-12 to blow the lead. This year, they were 3 1/2 up with 17 to go and are 6-9 heading into the final two games with the Marlins. Johan Santana goes today on short rest and he better show he was worth every penny of that $137 million or the season could be over. The Brewers have a one-game lead in the wild card but they'll be holding their breath today as Ben Sheets tries to pitch against the Cubs.

Here's what some voices have to say today in New York:

Good friend and Bona grad Mike Vaccaro of the Post says the Mets have no choice but to go with Santana today. The same vibe comes from John Harper in the Daily News and from Ken Davidoff of Newsday.

Venerable Post baseball columnist Joel Sherman said this team is adding to the shame at Shea, which he reminds us dates to the loss to the Cardinals in Game Seven of the 2006 NLCS. Pretty inglorious way to close a stadium with three straight bad finishes, don't you think?


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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