It’s been a few days since I last made a foray onto the blog. Full disclosure: I’ve been preoccupied covering the Melo-drama that is the New York Knicks and by preparations of the impending birth of my first child. That being said, I have been paying plenty of attention the insane amount of negativity surrounding the New York Mets. Clearly, much of the doom and gloom expressed by media types such as myself and fans alike, is justified. You simply can’t have an ownership’s financial situation looking so bleak and think that everything is going to be brushed aside and forgotten once the season revs up.
Well, the 2011 season is indeed upon us and as I settle in on my couch on this sunny, windy early April day to watch game #3 for the Mets, I want to briefly share with you where my Mets psyche is, and where I think yours should be too. Try to forget about the tempest surrounding this team when you set the cable box to SNY or WPIX and listen to the best announcers in the business (Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Kevin Burkhardt) bring you the broadcast.
Have a blast if you are fortunate enough to be able to afford to head out to Citi Field and catch a game live. I know this will be a difficult task because of the rightful ire you feel toward Fred and Jeff Wilpon and Bernard Madoff, but this is baseball and it is supposed to be fun.
You know that feeling you get when your favorite team chalks one up in the W column. Savor that feeling when it comes. I know last night was excruciating. K-Rod chips a little bit off of your baseball soul when he comes into the game, but take solace in the fact that the Mets fought back for their new manager and showed some resilience. Take pride in the fact that you have some nice young pieces in Jon Niese, Ike Davis and Josh Thole to latch onto. Enjoy being able to watch David Wright, possibly the best home-grown offensive player ever to don a Mets uniform, do his thing game in and game out.
It is early and as Mets fans, it is in our DNA to react too strongly one way or another to wins and losses. Take a deep breath everyone and let this thing play out for a bit. Tell the prognosticators to take their measly prognostications and shove ’em. This team has some likable players worth rooting for and I think you will see in the coming days and months, a manager who will grow on you. Bottom line is if I were you, I’d try to make those three hours or so that you are engrossed in 9 innings of Mets baseball on your couch or out in Flushing enjoyable by focusing on the positives. That means, forgetting that the Wilpon’s are even connected to this team, which more than likely, they will not be for much longer.
I’ll be out at Citi Field for the home opener on Friday and hopefully in the coming months, I’ll be able to share some of the insight I gain from being in the postgame locker room and taking in the sights and sounds at the ballpark. Maybe just maybe, the majority of the chatter I hear will be about baseball and maybe the majority of stories I read from the local scribes will be about this wonderful game. Yet, this is the New York Mets we’re talkng about here, so I wouldn’t bet on it.