Woe is you. Game two of a hundred and sixty-two game season and the 1-0 New York Mets come back from five runs behind to take a once-lost game into extra innings. You gave up in the second inning, and despite a surprise come-back, your team lost in the tenth. A 1-1 record is hard to come back from, I understand. I feel your pain and frustration as there is no way that a team can lose one of its first two games and still put together a respectable season. Fans of the 1-2 Red Sox, 1-2 Angels, 0-2 Cubs, 1-2 Rockies, and 0-2 Dodgers are all in the same boat. Itâ€™s time to move on to 2011 and never look back. Woe is you.
Last night I faced the unthinkable: a Real Dirty Mets Dugout (our patented in-game chat room) which was filled to the brink, nay, over the brink of despair. And it all began in the second inning of the second game of the season. I personally witnessed calls for John Maine to be placed on waivers, Omarâ€™s head to be â€œoffedâ€, and Jerryâ€™s game management skills to be the immediate cause for his dismissal. And it all began in the second inning of the second game of the season.
I almost couldnâ€™t believe my eyes when I saw normally positive and upbeat die-hard Mets fans rapidly morph into rabid â€œNattering Nabobs of Negativityâ€ (as coined by our very own Kingman). During the fifth inning, as John Maine was nearing the end of his very mediocre start, the negativity of those around me began to truly sink in. And it wasnâ€™t just in the Dugout, but also on Twitter as nonstop negative tweets flooded into my browser. My eyes began to twitch, and my face slowly turned to a bright shade of red, and finally I just couldnâ€™t take it anymore. I had to get out. So I ditched the Dirty Dugout and resolved to finish the game in full privacy.
I was rewarded by a late-game comeback, but was again subjected to the Nabobs on multiple occasions, despite the resurgence of my Metropolitans. When an ill-advised Tatis tried to take home on a wild pitch, every time Jacobs made an out, when Sean Green came into the ballgame, every time a Mets hitter didnâ€™t come through with a man on base, and when Takahashi gave up the tie in the final inning. Each of these occasions led to a fleet of tweets rampaging through my browser and my already fed-up brain.
And thatâ€™s when it hit me. Right then is when the full impact of what this second game negativity means to optimistic and realistic Mets fans alike. Weâ€™re going to have to deal with this constant negativity for 160 more games this season. Every eye-twitch and every head throb I dealt with last night will inevitably occur 160 more times over the next several months. Now, I could explain why this is an overreaction of a fanbase on the edge of the cliff. Why if the Marlins had lost the game in the tenth, they could have chalked it up to the same â€œthe other team handed us the win on the silver platter, but we failed to deliverâ€ and it would have been equally ridiculous for their fans to react how ours did. Why we should give John Maine more than his first start in 2010 to prove his worth, and why the same goes for the rest of the rotation. Why this team will have an additional all-star in the lineup within the next week, and another one coming in May. I could go on with these â€œwhysâ€ forever, but I have a better solution.
If you want to jump, jump. If anything that occurs within the first two games of the season (and I donâ€™t care if youâ€™re a Nationals fan, a Red Sox fan, or a Mets fan) makes you want to jump off the cliff of positivity into the pit of negativity and despair. If a 1-1 record makes you sick to your stomach, and you just canâ€™t take it anymore. If it makes you want to shout out to the world â€œFire Jerry!â€, â€œFire Omar!â€, â€œThe Mets suck!â€, â€œThis team has no heart!â€, etc etc etc. If any of those sound like you, and itâ€™s only game two, jump. Please just jump off the bandwagon. Youâ€™re welcome to root for a team that better holds your interest and meets your desires. In fact, I insist on it. I insist because I canâ€™t take 160 more games of the negativity. I understand what youâ€™re going through, and after more than two games Iâ€™ll be happy to calmly discuss the faults of a losing franchise. But not now, not yet. If you want to jump, jump.