I am thankful for the New York Mets.
I am thankful for the kind of thrills I can get on any given summer day in Flushing.
I am thankful in a Knuckler I can get behind.
I am thankful for the greatest position player the team has ever had.
I am thankful for a rising crop of starting pitching, and a rotation that has quietly become one of the best in baseball.
I am thankful for a bunch of players that have made the first 2 years of Sandy Alderson much more redeeming than the last 2 years of Omar Minaya.
I am thankful for a Jason Bay who showed everybody how to handle themselves in the shadow of failure. I am thankful for those fleeting moments when we thought he might just turn this thing around. Those moments were awesome, and magnified by their infrequency.
I am thankful that in 50 years, Omar Quintanilla will be a Mets legend to me.
I am thankful for a 1st baseman who’s only gonna get better.
I am thankful for a new shortstop I expect to be a champion in a Mets jersey one day.
I am thankful for a 2nd baseman who is as good a hitter as I’ve ever seen. If he gets traded this offseason, I will remember his time in a Mets uniform well.
I am thankful for a southpaw who had a breakout season. I’ll either be thankful for his awesome place in the 5-man or thankful for the haul he got back.
I am thankful for the lack of a drop-shadow.
And thankful for The Return of Blue.
I am thankful for this human life giving me the ability to experience a sport like this.
And thankful for the family that has made that all possible.
I am thankful to you fellow fans who have become readers of fellow fans’ works.
I am thankful to Rising Apple for giving me this opportunity to voice my Metsian opinion and to work with others as passionate about the team as I am.
I am thankful for the Orange and Blue.
Thankful for the 2012 New York Mets.
And thankful for the 2013 Squad we all can’t wait to see.
Happy thanksgiving, everybody.
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