AsÂ hope for October baseball is becoming no louder than a whisper, the only thing i could think of is if this crisis that has befallen the Mets is good for us? I knowÂ is hard to realize with all the distractions this season but we are still Â in the inaugural season of Citi Field and while I believe it is safe to say that this season is unlike any season in Mets history, we could be in the midst ofÂ the renaissance that we all believed would happen in this new era. Ever since 2006 when we won the NL east but failed to make it to the World Series, I haveÂ noticed a sort of “front runner” mentality develop within the fan base. It seems that the little hint of success has somewhat spoiled us into forgetting about our past. As this game is fond of doing to even the best of them,Â it brings people back to earth. We were known for much of our history as the “underdog”. Mostly because while we ended up losing year after year andÂ kept getting out shined by the Yankees and Braves, we felt that every year would be the year we would give those guys a run for their money.
Im sure there are more seasoned fans out there that are sick of where this team is right now and the two seasons that have passed but i wonderÂ where have their memory gone when we use to lose 100 games and finish dead last? Where have their memory gone when we had that amazing run in the 90′s and missed the playoffs by one game? While Omar Minaya gets criticised by many fans for his decisions, there is no denying that he has given us a chance to compete every year and that is something that we were not used to for the better part of the 90′s. I believe that because of Omars insisting of putting a better product on the field, the “underdog” mentality phased away and we were “expected” to succeed.
The reality however is that baseball doesn’t work that way.Â Omar have built a team that has failed to get the job done in all 4 years ofÂ his tenure and this team looks even less than capable to accomplish the goal of bringing a ring to Queens. I wonder however, if the team we have now is the team that we deserve. Maybe we needed to be humbled to this point. Maybe this is the games way of giving a history lesson. I still believe we can get the job done but i also believe this team needs to get back to the basics. What better way to do that than to play with less than half of your resources and still put up a fight? What better way to do this than to take away the argument that the Mets are a big money team when as of right now we have an active team payroll that is comparable to that of Â the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles? What better way to erase the stigma and stereotype that surrounds this team that somehow they lack passion and grit by showing the nation that even though we may not have our superstars, the guys that are still here will put on a show and never give up?
I think we are in the middle of one of the most memorable seasons in Met history and an inaugural year that hopefully will be talked about for years. The season where we all witnessed David Wright become the leader. The season where we witnessed heroism from the most unlikely of sources in Omir Santos and Fernando Nieve. One thing that Ive enjoyed about being a baseball fanÂ is the emotional roller coaster that each season gives me for 7 months. I believe we are strapped in for one helluva ride that we all cant wait to get to the end as our knuckles turn white. Lets go Mets.