What really grinds my gears is why people are even still questioning the edge/heart/grit/fire/emotions/edge of this team. In my opinion, right now they are showing more of these attributes than they ever had in their past. They have 40% of their opening day roster on the DL and are only 4 games behind the division leading Phillies. Now im sure we can debate how much influence the Phillies have on that fact but i dont think there is any denying that what the Mets are doing right now is extraordinary.
The Mets are getting the job done withÂ bench players such as Tatis and Cora, with rookies like Daniel Murphy(i know he “technically” doesnt count as a rookie but imo he is still a rookie) and Fernando Martinez, with better than advertised outings by Livan Hernandez and Pedro Feliciano. Several people have stepped up in thisÂ troubled timeÂ that have given us hope to fight another day in Bobby Parnell and Omir Santos. I mean the Mets went through a similar problem back in 2008 but it was never as bad as this and by this time last year, we were worse off! My problem with terms like grit/clutch/heart/fire/emotions/edge is they are all subjective and everyone has a different definition for these terms. Was David Wright clutch when he got that hit off Mariano Rivera to drive in the go ahead run? Did Omir Santos show grit by hitting a game winning 2 run shot off Jonathan Papelbon? Did Carlos Beltran show heart/fire/emotions when he told the media he was “embarrassed” and “we are a better team than that”? Did Gary Sheffield show edge when he stole second and caused the error that allowed him to go to third, which he eventually scored the game winning run? Funny that all the examples outside of Beltran have to do with them winning…hmmm?
I believe with the way the Mets have been valiantly fighting this year to stay in the race even with all the injuries and obstacles has to be commended and noticed. The Phills have earned the nick name “fighting Phills” for their ability to come back late in games. How is it that the Mets have more injuries than any team in the MLB and they have managed to stay 4 games back so far this year out of first, yet their heart/grit/edge/emotions are still being questioned?