To quote the great Slim Pickens in Blazing Saddles, "What in the wide wide world of sports is a going on here?"
The Mets are in first place?
AFTER Tax Day?
And you can't just attribute it to them playing slumping teams like the Dodgers and the Braves.
The Mets beat the Phillies last night...and it wasn't close... and they were in Philadelphia.
And guess what? With the Phillies loss, the 2 time defending NL Champs and 3 time defending division champs fell to third behind the Mets and Nationals! Is this the National League or the Bizarro League.
It doesn't make any sense.
No player is being a dominant slugger.
The Nationals rocked Johan Santana.
They started the season 3-7.
I called the team a Car Wreck.
I compared the team to Two Girls One Cup.
And now they rattled off a 10-1 since the arrival of Ike Davis.
But is Ike Davis really the reason for such a turn around?
Is it Mike Pelfrey's surprising season that sparked this team?
Was it the 20 inning marathon?
Nope, the explanation lies elsewhere.
Specifically the explanation lies with my friend Jaime Fallon.
A member of the rock band The Ex-Debutantes and creator of the site Mart Brooklyn.
My former colleague from The Daily Show has started frequenting CitiField and chanting The Mets Really Are The Amazin's.
A simple chant.
Simple but effective.
She wasn't chanting it before her first Mets game this year in Mid April.
And what has happened since she started?
The Mets have won 10 of 11 and went from being irrelevant to suddenly an exciting team.
My Met fan friends are filling up my e mail box. And wins against the Phillies are always worth stockpiling (did someone say 2007?)
And Jaime is the only explanation I can think of. Seriously, it isn't the personnel. It isn't the management.
I say it is because of Jaime.
So Met fans... Go to Mart Brooklyn.
Download some music.
The more you support Jaime, the better the Mets will do.
(Hey, that makes just as much sense as any other analysis I can do about the Mets!)