Sunday night was the Oscars. Therefore when I woke up Monday I had both the movies and the Mets on my mind. If you are a Mets fan of a certain age, the Mets and the movies went together. The television station that carried the Mets in the early days, WOR, was known for two things, the Mets and the Million Dollar Movie. The prime-time schedule was one or the other. As I have pointed out a few times already around here, my mom’s first love was the Mets. But the movies were a close second. The Million Dollar Movie, which was nothing more than a recycling of old mediocre flicks with cheap airing rights (the Kyle Farnsworth of television programming), was on our TV on a regular basis. Therefore, when I thought about Noah Syndergaard pitching for the Mets on Monday, a movie sprang to mind.
I’m assuming many of you have never seen it, and I don’t want to give you the wrong idea. The film is an old, silly 1949 movie, and I would sum up the basic plot as a comedic, fictionalized version of “The Gaylord Perry Story.” The movie itself doesn’t remind me of Syndergaard. The title does.
It happens every spring. The good news is we keep producing pitching prospects. Harvey in 2012, Wheeler last year, now it’s Noah. The bad news is we are forbidden from seeing them.
We are fully conditioned now. We don’t even wonder what a pitcher like Syndergaard has to do to make the team. We know he won’t. We have seen the act so many times. It happens every spring. Yesterday, according to Adam Rubin, Syndergaard put on a show. Two innings, two strikeouts, 98 mile per hour fastballs. Of course, I will have to take Rubin’s word for it, as SNY did not show the game. Fitting. If you are in New York, you are not to see Noah Syndergaard until summer. It has been decreed. Oh, and never forget, it has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with Super 2.
At about 2:00, after hearing of Noah’s secret exploits, I turned on SNY to see what they were showing. It was a game from May 29, 2007, Mets versus Giants, and Oliver Perez was warming up on the mound. Before I could switch the channel, two Giants had already hit mammoth home runs. I want to see the Mets pitcher that all of us fans are dreaming about and what does SNY give me?