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Good Job Josh Applesauce - Mets top Nats, mostly all show up to Walter Reed, Paulino back Friday

The beginning of their secret handshake
The beginning of their secret handshake

Meet the Mets

When I lived in DC, I was usually happy when the Mets came to play the Nationals because I could go to the park and actually see my favorite team. Now that I'm 2+ hours away though, I lose that one benefit and am forced by blackout to watch Bob Carpenter and MASN in order to see my team win their fifth straight. It does help that I can go back and watch the SNY highlights today, so it's not all bad.

As the Mets visit Washington, we get a chance to relive last year's faux-controversy over a couple Mets missing a voluntary trip to Walter Reed Medical Center. This year, two Mets again missed the trip, but the media seems a bit more willing to give them a pass.

Some good stuff from last night, including the kinds of bunts that you like to see and Josh Thole breaking out of a slump.

The Mets expect to have Ronny Paulino in the lineup on Friday.

Wilmer Flores may be one of the Mets best prospects, but he's getting some bad press over his defense and his athleticism. Toby Hyde sticks up for the shortstop/whatever.

Howard Megdal revisits the Brian Bannister/Ambiorix Burgos trade and wonders what might have been if Aaron Heilman had won a starting rotation spot.

Around MLB

Marlins stay hot, double up Dodgers. Jurrjens completes win over Padres. And Ian Kennedy shuts down Phillies.

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is taking a little paternity leave, be sure not to tell Richie Whitt.

Brent Lillibridge is a new meme.

Frank McCourt is throwing a hail mary to try and get his Dodgers back.

It's never a good sign when you can count how many people are in the stands of your ballpark just from watching the tv.

Jeff Sullivan calculates the most stressful teams in MLB. The Mets, despite Francisco Rodriguez's flare for the dramatic, don't crack the top 10.

Keith Hernandez's amazing Just for Men commercials have inspired one film director to try his hand marketing a new hair product. (NSFW)

And, finally, you stay classy, Carl Everett.