We usually focus on D.C. sports and their fans in this space, but we also like to focus on fun, and sometimes it’s hard to ignore how much fun other fan bases are having. Such was the case Tuesday night, when the joy and happiness of Mets fans overflowed into the consciousness of everyone watching the All-Star Game, leaving behind a happy and bubbly trail of … well, bile can be happy, right? Or at least bubbly?
Just about everything that could have made this year’s All-Star Game wonderful for Mets fans went ahead and happened, creating a swirling concoction of pleasure and satisfaction. A bile-scented concoction. Let’s review.
1) Former Mets infielder Daniel Murphy, fresh off smashing his ex-mates in a four-game series, reached base three times, got two hits and made a sterling play in the field. It was his first half of the season in three hours. Although I guess a perfect representation might have required an extra-base hit, some RBI or a direct slap in the face of a former teammate. Still, this was pretty close.
2) Mets Manager Terry Collins managed to play a good deal of his roster — including all four Nationals — but not to play a single member of his own team. This meant if you stayed up until the bitter end of the game to see a Mets star in action, you stayed up in vain.
3) Meanwhile, Collins and his squad were done in largely by Royals: AL Manager Ned Yost, MVP Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez, who clubbed a homer of his own. You might recall that trio helping lead Kansas City past the Mets in the most recent World Series.
4) Which meant that the AL would yet again have home-field advantage in this year’s World Series. So in conclusion: Murphy starred with the bat, Murphy starred in the field, all the Nats played, none of the Mets played, the Royals earned headlines, the NL lost, and Mets fans just had about the most delightful time imaginable.
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