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?