Who would have thought as Cornbread and I stood there on Opening Day 2015 for our favorite local franchise, the Las Vegas 51s, that the World Series starters for games 3 and 4 would be standing a few feet away.
As the future Mets started the season successfully, talk about a third consecutive division title surfaced. The one catch fans were afraid of is what if we lose everyone to New York. Former Vegas High stud Bryce Harper was supposed to dominate the NL East, leaving the Metropolitans rebuilding by harvesting the talent they’ve been growing in Southern Nevada. After Taylor Swift visited the nations capitol, the Nationals self-destructed while Mr. Harper continued his first of many MVP seasons, allowing the young, but effective pitching of the Mets to win the NL East easily.
The 51s held off El Paso for 142 games, but fell at the end almost ceremoniously as the most talented of the bunch was more badly needed in Flushings. Syndergaard, Herrera, Reynolds via injury, and several others were missing a postseason run in the PCL for a once in a generation chance at a world title.
So tonight is Noah in game 3, Mr. Matz tomorrow in 4, and deGrom again Sunday in 6 if needed. That trio is what could have been the greatest Triple-A championship roster in recent history.