Coleman’s Corner: A Proud Night For The Mets

By Ed Coleman
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The Mets couldn’t have been prouder as a team. And it had absolutely nothing to do with finally landing on the right side of a 1-run game. Even if it came at the expense of the arch-rival Phillies – a 2-1, gut-wrenching, hard fought 14-inning victory, payback for the 2-1 defeat administered by Doc Halladay the day before.

No, this was much more than that. This was payback of a different sort, on a different level. The Mets represent the city of New York, a city that had suffered the worst possible body blow on September 11, 2001, while the man responsible for delivering that carnage and suffering – Osama bin Laden – still haunted and taunted this country while remaining free for close to a decade.

Now bin Laden was dead, killed by U.S. forces in his hideout in Pakistan. And as word slowly filtered through the stands and down onto the field in the late innings of the game, the spectacle became surreal, and the game itself became secondary.

Perhaps this was all pre-destined, somehow fitting that bin Laden’s death would coincide with the final game of this Mets’ road trip. Before the trip even began on Tuesday in Wahington, the team made their annual visit to Walter Reed Hospital to meet, greet, thank and salute convalescing soldiers just back from Afghanistan and Iraq.

As usual, they were taken aback by the soldiers’ resiliency, courage and desire to return to their units and be alongside their comrades, despite suffering serious injuries or losing limbs. Normally after a dramatic victory, Manager Terry Collins’ first words would be about his players – on Sunday night, they were about those who he had met at Walter Reed.

Pedro Beato shut down the Phillies for 3 innings – the 10th, 11th and 12th – on Sunday. The kid has yet to allow an earned run in 17 innings of work thus far, and this may have been his best performance to date. Beato, a native of Queens, was a freshman at Xaverian H.S. in Brooklyn on 9/11 in 2001 and remembered that day vividly.

Beato didn’t really know the full implications of the 9/11 attacks back then, but 10 years later and wiser, he fully understands what the death of bin Laden means now.

Chris Young had just pitched 7 brilliant innings, his second masterful start against the Phillies this season, and was in the clubhouse in the trainers’ room. What kind of impact did it have on him?

Young was a student at Princeton in September of 2001, and currently lives on the upper East Side of the city.

David Wright was standing on 2nd base, talking to Phillies’ infielder Pete Orr, when the chants of “U-S-A” started wafting down from the Philly fans at Citizens Bank Park.

Wright has spent as much time as any athlete in New York visiting firehouses and attending benefits for 9/11 victims and their families, so it was easy to know where his thoughts were.

A .500 road trip after a 2-0 start? Who cares. The Mets – and America – came out ahead on this one. At least we hope so.

C U soon
Eddie C.

Were you watching the Mets game when you found out about bin Laden? Let us know below…

  • Queens

    New York City received the brunt of the carnage on 9/11 and the Mets should be proud that they were on the field during the announcement. They do indeed represent the city in this regard. It’s a matter of City pride.

    Coleman is just pointing out that the Mets were playing during the announcement- nothing he said takes away any pain felt by the other attack sites on 9/11.

    Nonethelss, to say that New York DIDNT take the brunt of the carnage of the attacks on 9/11 is foolish and stupid.

    Last time I checked, red dog, there are 162 games in the regular season.
    I can’t imagine the IQ of someone who considers last place on May 2nd as a means of degrading a baseball team.
    I think you need to get a life or get the F out of here

    • Big Red

      My guess here you think the Mets are good enough the win the WS. You’re an idiot. Shows your IQ is less the size of your shoe & not as large as your mouth. Last place is last place in May or September moron.

      Also moron, read what I wrote, never did I say NY did not received as you so stupidly put it, carnage. You must wear a special helmet, next time have your boyfriend read for you & explained what’s written.

  • Juan M. Melendez

    I know I’m not a Mets fan, but at least there was cheering in abundance last night in Philadelphia and those infamous Philly Sports Fans actually chanted USA and showed some class, in my opinion it was only appropriate for the Mets to win that game and avoid a sweep.

  • Bob

    Wow, Red Dog, your maturity level is just off the hook!

    • Red Dog

      I see another happy Mets fan.

  • Red Dog

    What does winning a baseball game has to do with Bin Laden & the Mets? United Airlines Flight 93 (Newark to San Francisco, crashed into a field in Pennsylvania) where the hostages fought the terrorist, these people count just like the ones at the WTC & let’s not forget those at the Pentagon.

    It’s very stupid & selfish on Coleman’s part to write such a stupid article forgetting those people. This is why Mets fans & their announcers are not respected because they only think of themselves. How can this be a proud night just for the Mets & their fans & not the people in Philly & the rest of the nation? On another note, Mets won, yet still in last place, what’s there to be proud of?

    • BIG DOG

      red dog get a life, you miss the whole point

      • Red Dog

        Big Moron, no I did not, it’s there, what are you crying about? the truth, you’re a moron. It’s like the little Mets victory matters, how so, how so? You’re man enough to answer, but not man enough to give a reason.

        What are you? one of those posting tough guys because you’re not man enough to say it any other way. Big Dog, more like Big Dope. By the way, how’s last place, is this what you’re really upset about? LOL, LOL

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