Well here we are on September 28th, the last day of the regular season. Unfortunately our beloved Mets once again will not be tasting the fruits of October baseball. Should we really be surprised ? Not really, we knew that many pieces had to fall into place in order for this team to have been a real threat.
Losing Johan Santana for the entire season didn’t help the cause, nor did key injuries to such players as Chris Young, Ike Davis, David Wright and Jose Reyes. Key contributors such as Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez were traded mid season, and yes while their presence helped this team to win for the short term, the front office led by Sandy Alderson was thinking about long term solutions.
I know that this team will lose more games than they did last season, but you know something – I feel that there is a light coming at the end of this 3 season old tunnel. Players such as Duda, Tejada and Gee have proven that they can hang with the big boys. The Mets farm system – albeit far from fertile, looks to have some long term solutions that should be able to come up and help the team in the short term.
But there will be many question marks surrounding this team in the off season. First and foremost will be if the Mets will be able to re-sign Jose Reyes. If you have been following the Mets for the entire season you know how rabid and vocal us fans have been about our desire for him to come back. He is integral to this team. He is not only the engine – but the transmission and the tires ( hell he’s even the Sirius satellite radio system). But alas this is not just a question of the Mets desire to retain Jose, it’s a question if Jose goes to where the money is. I hope that Jose will take a home town discount to stay, but I will understand if he bolts Flushing as if he is trying to steal home.
2011 has been a mixed bag of emotions for me. Even though the Mets record does not reflect success, it still has been successful in my mind. For the most part I feel that the “poor us” attitude has been swept away, replaced by a can do work ethic. Yes there were bonehead plays and blown saves, but this team almost always fought back. There seems to be a new found sense of pride associated in this team. With the exception of a few players that seemed to mail it in for most of this season, this squad played with a sense of urgency. After Beltran was traded they still went out there to win – even after the wheels fell off.
I will be at todays season finale. I will cheer loudly whether this team wins or loses. I will give Jose a standing ovation before every at bat. And I will always be proud of being a METS FAN !!
And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets Director of Player Development from ’78-’80, Dick Gernert is 83 (1928).
Reserve catcher from ’82-’85, Ronn Reynolds is 53 (1958). In three seasons with the Mets ( he didn’t make the roster in ’84 in ’84), Ronn appeared in a total of 54 games. He had a career batting average of .195 with 3 RBIs during his time with the Mets.
Middle reliever from ’04-’05, Mike DeJean is 41 (1970) .
Mo Vaughn is mourning the end of the Mets ’11 season. He has already bought out the entire inventory of Cold Stone Ice Cream in the North East !