The start of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with its continuous drone of the blowing vuvuzelas along with stellar pitching from Jon Niese and RA Dickey plus a workmanlike if unspectacular effort from Mike Pelfrey and MLB's timely scheduling of the woeful Baltimore Orioles (17-46) were the formula needed to lift the Mets to their first Road Series Sweep of 2010 and 1st since September 2008 in Milwaukee.
Coincidence, I think not.
Not only were these "horns" part of the Mets big weekend, Saturday also saw our side of 11 footballers manage to pull off a surprising/lucky? 1 all draw against the favored British in their first match of World Cup 2010.
The Mets series versus an AL East team (albeit 2nd tier) provided an opportunity for the Mets to utilize the designated hitter, which manager Jerry Manuel used to spotlight rookie Chris Catter's power hitting talents. The big rookie didn't disappoint, going 3-9 with 2 HR a double 6 RBI and 3 runs scored for the weekend.
The big sweep also was highlighted by a most welcome 6-13, 2 HR, 2 double, 6 RBI performance from David "Ducky" Wright bringing his 2010 totals to a more expected 12 / 47 .286
Next the 2nd place Mets are off to face the 25-37 Indians in Cleveland for a three game set before returning to NY and a weekend in the Bronx for Subway Series 2010 part II. A showdown which is scheduled to include a much anticipated duel of young 9 game winning righties Phil Hughes and Mike Pelfrey..
Here's hoping World Cup organizers think better of banning the vuvuzelas, there is a bigger picture , Lets Go Mets..