It was the bottom of the ninth when Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a three-run walk-off home run, but the defining moment of Sunday’s game between the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs came much earlier. It was the third inning and the commentators, already bored from watching so much meaningless baseball, were halfway through what would end up being a 10-minute conversation about the movie ‘A League of Their Own.’
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad film, but when you would rather spend your time awkwardly forcing a discussion about Jon Lovitz’ acting career than talking about the game in front of you, maybe the game itself is not that important.
The Cubs (28-39) are fourth in the NL Central Division while the Mets (25-39) occupy the same standing in the NL East. Although it’s not yet the halfway point of the season, enough games have been played to know the identity of most teams in MLB. These two clubs are not playoff teams, at least not as they are currently constructed. The Mets’ inability to play defense is frustrating, but it’s also the only consistent thing about the team that isn’t named Matt Harvey. The Cubs face similar problems with a roster devoid of quality talent and a history of poor management decisions.
The Mets got a much-needed win to close out the series, but only if ‘much-needed’ means ‘needed to keep the Mets’ players from spiraling into depression.’ It was a meaningless game from start to finish, and if you were outside Citi Field around four o’clock on Father’s Day, you could almost hear the sound of no one caring.