The Mets and the Killackey Boys. A column by Tim Gaffney.
TORRINGTON: So, about those Cubs and Pirates, Mets fans.
The New Yorkers went a combined 0-13 this season against teams that we just might play if, and that’s a big if, we get to the postseason.
The Bucs came into Citi Field this weekend and in front of delirious Mets supporters, hoping to put their collective feet on the Washington Nationals throats, left those same fans with holes in their sneakers.
A pair of extra-inning games, which could have gone either way if not for some ill-advised plays (see Daniel Murphy) by the defense and a bullpen that was just a tad below what Pittsburgh brings every night.
And what was that on Sunday? Did someone forget that it's supposed to be a "Happy Harvey Day"?
Mother Nature kind of messed that one up for certain but the pen was plenty weak as well and is a true concern.
There is a reason they own a 69-46 record starting this week. Heck, they would own a 7.5 game lead on the Amazing’s (63-55) if they played in the same division.
It’s on the road for the team from Queens now, a place that has not exactly been friendly this season (21-34) but for the next nine games, that’s where they will be with stops in Baltimore (2), Colorado (3) and at the Phillies (4).
The Rockies will be looking for revenge after being swept in NY last week while the Phils are in last place in the NL East and would love to reap havoc on their old friends from the east.
The O’s are still in the hunt for a wildcard in the AL and need to get rolling.
Never an easy time, these dog days of summer but its where champions are made or phonies unveiled.
….Had a wonderful afternoon on Sunday celebrating two remarkable young men with the family that helped shape them and is preparing to send them out into the world to undoubtable make their mark on this world.
Bob and Tom Killackey are heading off in different directions over the next couple of weeks while their parents, Robert and Marianne, figure out what to do without the routines that helped shape the boys over the past twenty plus years.
Bob will be heading out in early September to the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia to continue a tradition that has flourished in the Killackey family for generations.
His cause was shaped after 9-11 and his mission to help keep his country safe is a family affair.
Tom is off to William Patterson University in New Jersey where he will no doubt star, as he did at Torrington High School on the trumpet.
His trumpet and personality will be sorely missed at THS this fall.
A great meal with great people as summer wraps to a close.