This will be the last column I write for a while not focused on local sports.
With summer coming to a close and school starting back, I’ll have plenty of content to discuss for our area’s two schools. While I always enjoy sharing my thoughts on the greater sports world with you all, my first job is to bring you all the sports news for the Gators and the War Eagles.
The most wonderful time of the year – football season – is almost here, and I look forward to covering Putnam County as it begins an exciting new chapter of its history as well as Gatewood, which will look to continue its run of successful seasons.
For now, we’re in the midst of baseball season, and we’ve seen it all: good games, bad games, close games and blowouts. However, I don’t think anybody was expecting the events of Tuesday, July 31.
For those who weren’t aware, that day’s game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets ended in one of the worst losses in MLB history I have ever seen. The Mets dropped that game in a whopping 25-4 defeat.
You read that correctly: 25-4.
In one of the strangest games I have ever witnessed in my life, the Mets dropped seven runs in the opening inning of the worst loss in franchise history. They then proceeded to give up three runs each in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings to put them at a 19-0 deficit.
New York’s Jeff McNeil hit a homer in the seventh to at least keep the already embarrassing beatdown from being a shutout but, unfortunately for the Mets, Washington’s Matt Adams nailed a home run to bring Juan Soto home with him for two more runs. Shortly afterward, Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer, bringing home Michael Taylor and Matt Wieters.
Wilmer Difo hit a triple to bring now-infamous Twitter user Trea Turner home for the 25th and final run of the blowout. In one of the darkest days of the program’s history, the Mets, who were once the top dogs of the N.L. East and sat atop the division standings early in the season, had lost by 21 runs.
Despite being on the right side of a historically lopsided game, the Nationals had a bit of a strange night themselves.
Apparently, relief pitcher Shawn Kelley wanted no part in the slaughter and had a “meltdown” on the mound, arguing with multiple umpires and slamming his glove on the ground after giving up a meaningless two-run homer to the Mets’ Austin Jackson. He also reportedly shot the Nationals’ dugout an angry glare.
It was originally speculated that Kelley was frustrated by having to come in and clean up the mess his team made with its New York division opponents.
However, Kelley actually cited “mixed messages” from the umpires as the spark that lit the fuse of his frustration; one told him to pick up the pace while the other told him to slow down as he attempted to close the blowout.
Unfortunately for Kelley, his actions prompted the Nationals to designate him for assignment the very next day.
As a Braves fan, I find it rather funny that the Mets had this bad of a collapse even after leading the division in the opening weeks of the season.
This game also gives me another reason to dislike the Nationals as Kelley’s classlessness despite beating their opponent into the ground is a reflection of the classlessness of that organization.
With Atlanta behind the Phillies in the division race and the season going down the stretch, it will be a nerve-wracking time for anybody in Braves County who wish to see them finally reach the playoffs once again.
However, with the Mets dropping 25 runs and the Nationals being the unlikeable misfits they are, I like Atlanta’s chances.
This concludes my series of ramblings from the greater sports world.
Next week begins some much-needed focus on our local teams as football season cranks up.