Cardinals 3, Mets 0
Braves 4, Phillies 6
And with that, Philadelphia has tied New York for the NL East lead. Two weeks ago, the Amazin's led by 7 games. Now they have three chances left to recover or blow a lead they've had since mid May. This threatens to be a collapse to match Philly's Fizz Kids of 1964, the 1951 Dodgers, and the 1978 Red Sox.
Which is why we went to Shea on Tuesday. If history is happening around you, why miss out? We weren't disappointed- Tom Glavine gave up hits early and often and with extra bases tacked on, helping the Nationals to a 10-3 lead. But truly great wipeouts add a little extra heartbreak. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, and maybe a quarter of the crowd remaining, the Mets piled on six runs to get the tying run in scoring position. Then a strikeout and a popup quickly turned the ecstatic cheers back into boos, and your normal ongoing disaster was restored.
Cruising to a division win is all very well. But a monumental choke lives forever.