It Happens Every Spring: Noah Syndergaard and the Super 2 Blues

Gold TrophySunday 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.

It Happens Every Spring.

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 It Happens Every Springversion 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?

A nightmare.

MLB: Rockies vs Mets JULY 27


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  1. This is the Mets in a nutshell. This is their PR acumen.

    You basically have another knight in shining armor that you are deseparately waiting to unleash no the fans. So in order to get that buzz going, surely, show Oliver Perez circa 2007.

    There is a meme among those who refuse to look at anything but the glass half full among Mets fans on Twitter to mock those who dare question anything about the club. When someone does this a faithful disciple sends out a Tweet tagged with #MetsTwitter which is short hand for “Bad Mets Fan(s)”

    The other day I questioned, perhaps lampooned Sandy’s drive for “90”. Of course I was #MetsTwitter

    The Mets serve their fans poorly.

    • Completely agree with you, Patrick, regarding the Twitter universe. It seems to have been taken over by those whose best days in life were back in high school, when they would get together and ostracize anyone whom they thought “deserved” it. It’s actually a form of collective bullying, but because they do it with a veneer of pseudo-intellectual irony, they feel they always own the moral high ground, however arbitrarily that is determined.

    • Michael Geus says:

      There is something crazy about Twitter. I’ve been accused of being a bad Mets fan, a Yankees fan, self loathing, all kinds of stuff.

      Self loathing? I’m crazy about myself.

      And in real life, cellphones down, I can’t think of one person who doesn’t think I am a diehard Mets fan. If anyone has a problem with me on this issue their problem is I’m too nuts about it all. That I care about the team too much, that I am crazy. And when you look at the data, that argument is the more rational one.

      Yes, I am not always a fan of Sandy Alderson. Certainly not Fred Wilpon. I didn’t care for M. Donald Grant either. If these traits make me a bad Mets fan I’m missing something. I love the team, therefore I have scorn for anyone I believe is damaging it.

      That makes perfect sense to me.

  2. James Preller says:

    I thought the Oliver Perez game was “fascinating.”

    (Sorry, that’s an inside joke.)

  3. IB says:

    First question: Who would cast Ray Milland as a baseball player? Preposterous. tough enough to swallow him being a tennis pro in Dial M For Murder.

  4. IB says:

    Michael – Now that I can believe though, as I recall, Million Dollar Movie would show the same film for a week. I hope you didn’t watch this one 5 times! Ghastly! If it was Milland’s, “The Thing With 2 Heads” that would be another story.

  5. Reese Kaplan says:

    It could be worse…Hollywood could have thought that they were living the life of Riley when they snagged William Bendix to play Babe Ruth. Nah, they couldn’t do that…could they?

    One baseball movie I enjoyed for its interesting perspective (though it was pretty cliched) was Tom Selleck in “Mr. Baseball” which gives a glimpse as to what it’s like for an American ballplayer in Japan.

    • Good tip, since I’ve tended to ignore the post-Magnum career of Mr. Selleck. He had a post-Magnum career??? (Didn’t he famously turn down a huge movie role? Or almost get one? I’m blanking, but bells are faintly ringing.)

      As for baseball in Japan, I recommend YOU’VE GOTTA HAVE WA by Robert Whiting. It’s described in the Essential Baseball Library. Good book. Bob Horner was one of the first big, thick-waisted American sluggers to make it over there. Remember that?

  6. Eraff says:

    Wow—Rob Horner was a heckuva hitter!

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