20th-century sociologist Robert Merton coined the phrase “self-fulfilling prophecy”, saying “The self-fulfilling prophecy is, in the beginning, a false definition of the situation evoking a new behaviour which makes the original false conception come ‘true’.”
For example, on December 11th of last year, Cole Hamels called the Mets choke artists. Many disagreed, and the Mets didn’t seem to care. “I couldn’t care less what he [Hamels] or anybody else says,” said Mike Pelfrey.
Exactly 6-months later, on June 11, 2009, Cole Hamels faced Mike Pelfrey and the Mets….and watched them choke.
And that, my friends, is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Maybe the Phils’, or at least Cole Hamels, really are in the Mets’ heads after all (though not as bad as the Red Sox are in the Yankees’ heads. Ha!).
The Mets started off hot, scoring 3 runs in the 4th alone. The Mets were now up 4-1, and I sank into my couch feeling quite satisfied. Take that, Cole Hamels. But had I not learned anything from the past few seasons? Complacency does not look good on a Mets fan, and even less so on the team itself.
The bats packed it in – no runs were scored after the 4th. The defense got sloppy – an error by David Wright cost them another run in the 7th. And far too many runners were left on base (16 of them, to be exact!), leaving our hopes right there along with them.
Pelfrey had a decent night, lasting six innings and even helping himself out with two hits and an RBI. But after loading the bases 3 pitches into the 7th, he was replaced by Green. Three runs eventually came in, and the ballgame was tied. We saw another perfect inning from Pedro Feliciano, followed by K-Rod and eventually Bobby Parnell, who gave up the game-ending long ball to Chase Utley in the 11th. A bitter ending to a long night.
Posted by Emily Doran