Wed. Oct. 5, 2016 Citi Field Queens, NY 8:00PM EST
The stakes are mighty high. Only one team will advance to face the Cubs in Chicago on Friday. In a one game playoff anything can happen. A game can turn on one play or misplay. It truly becomes a game of inches and milliseconds. Usually, its the team exhibiting the most patience and poise who comes out victorious. But there's more unusual than usual in this here match-up.
The Mets are the orange haired stepchild of a Giants team who bolted from New York in 1958 for the golden gate of the west. Their blue and orange uniform colors are a combination of the two teams that left NY for the West that year; the Giants and Dodgers. The Mets are still looked down on by many as the little brother to the mighty New York Yankees organization. Regardless, they've managed to build a winning history of their own with some great players since entering the league in 1962. Who can forget the Amazin' Mets of 1969?
This Mets team also just happen to be the 2015 defending National League champions, and as the saying goes; "if you wanna be the champ you have to beat the champ." The Giants are the NL Champs from the previous 2014 season, and may I add the last NL World Champion.
Other than just going out and playing their butts off like there's no tomorrow, because really if you lose there is "No Tomorrow," no special formula exists for winning a one game playoff. It's just two teams stepping up to the plate and giving everything they've got.
Its East Coast versus West Coast. Tony Bennett versus Frank Sinatra. Sourdough versus Nathans Hotdog. Golden Gate versus Brooklyn Bridge. Fog versus Smog. It's the Giants versus the Mets in the 2016 National League Wild Card Game. Where else would you wanna be other than watching this one.