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Fellow Mets fans, I bring you hope. I bring you optimism. I bring
you perennial post season contenders. How can I be so positive faced with
a 7.5 game deficit, a 4th place standing, and seemingly no relief in
sight? The rash of injuries to face the NY Mets this year has admittedly
seemed to put the kibosh on any post season aspirations the fan base has
hoped to see, however I believe this is a blessing in disguise. One that
will enable us to reap the benefits for years to come.
Letâ€™s start off with last years NL and AL champions, the
Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays. After years of struggling in
mediocrity, both teams managed to contend all year long, roll through the
playoffs, and finally face off on the biggest stage of all. How did they
The answer, quiet simply, is through young, home grown and affordable
talent. Tampa Bayâ€™s years of struggling netted them a slew of homegrown
talented players. While Philly wisely utilized the same formula of the mid
â€˜90â€™s Yankees by grooming Ace pitcher Cole Hamels, as well as 1B Ryan
Howard, 2B Chase Utley, and SS Jimmy Rollins in addition to smart FA
pickups like Brad Lidge and well timed trades in Joe Blanton.
Buster Olneyâ€™s new article in ESPN Magazine â€œ30 is the new 40,â€ highlights
the drastic shift in the MLB market. Aging and high priced veterans are
obviously not producing like they once did in this presumably post steroid
era, and a much greater emphasis has been placed on drafting and
This greater emphasis will have a trickle down effect throughout the
entire organization as â€œbuyingâ€ talent is no longer the way to build a
team, (just ask the Yankees). Not having to sign expensive FA will not
only preserve payroll room for mid season acquisitions (sound familiar?)
but will also allow the Mets to consistently draft high ceiling (and high
priced talent) which will save them money on the back end and also have a
pool of resources to draw upon in case of injury (hmmmmâ€¦.), as well as
giving the Mets valuable trade chips. The caveat here is one key word,
â€œpatience.â€ In a town that loves winners and lets those less talented know
our feelings can we, as a fan base, deal with the growing pains of youth?
Thatâ€™s something everyone reading this article has to ask themselves.
Those fans in Philly and Tampa Bay had that patience, why cant we?
Hang in there Mets Fans, there is light at the end of the tunnel!
Admittedly our FO has been slow to react, but it seems like they have
embraced â€œyouthâ€ and with a young, talented core of Wright, Reyes,
Beltran, Francoeur, Santana, Pelf, and K-Rod coupled with minor league
talent like Jon Niese, Brad Holt, Josh Thole, and Wilmer Flores, etc., our
window for winning and future looks bright. A less than stellar finish
this year, while not what we hoped for in Spring Training, will net us a
higher draft pick and help to rebuild what many critics call a depleted
2009, a year that started with such high hopes and expectations
can still be a successful season if we are willing to have patience and
commit to our youth. Are you ready to accept the challenge knowing what it
will take to reach the World Series?
LETS GO METS! â€“ Jaded1983