Winning in extras
Cubs made sure Mets didn't lose
It seems that most Cubs fans, if asked to choose the rival they most despise, would pick the Cardinals. Because I became a fan in the 60's, I have a particular animosity for the Mets that I've never been able to shake. So it's always great when the Cubs manage to beat the Mets.
But on Sunday, the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the sporting world told us we were all supposed to be New Yorkers. Home games for the Jets (never mind that they play in New Jersey) and the Mets were the prime time features, and it was all about redemption for the city that was the center of the attacks.
The Jets played their part, coming back from 14 points down to beat the Cowboys with a last minute field goal. And the Mets were poised for their own come-from-behind victory, having climbed back from a 4-1 deficit to tie the game on a Cubs defensive error in the eighth. But they failed to capitalize with the bases loaded and 1 out in the ninth.
Incredibly, the Cubs exploded for 6 runs in the 11th and won the game despite Jason Pirdie's 2-run homer off John Grabow in the bottom of the inning. But it was well after midnight in New York, meaning the Cubs showed a modicum of compassion by waiting until September 12th to defeat the Mets.