Mets’ spring is in the air. It has begun. The anticipation and the worry. The thud of the ball in the catchers mitt and the crack of the wooden stick in the practice of batting.
The palm trees surrounding the ballfields whose images for those of us not ensconced by Port St. Lucie warm us up as we trudge through the melting snow.
This year it is a little early because of the World Baseball Classic, but the Metsian aroma is gliding past our noses, bringing a smile from ear to ear on each and every one of our Orange and Blue faces. I have been unable to completely saturate myself lately in the happenings of the crew down south, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t had my peripheral eyes on what is going on.
With happiness that the Mets are getting in gear for 2017 comes anxiety. Headlines like Zack Wheeler‘s elbow tenderness, or the outfield situation, or whether Lucas Duda, or even Jay Bruce, can provide a semblance of their treacherous offensive past at the important position of first base.
As we have seen before, even when things seemingly go completely wrong, those moments provide room for growth and opportunity for others to shine. At this time last year, a lot of people had no idea who Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo were, and there are a plethora of names not on the radar that will emerge as valuable by the end of the season.
2017 can provide many different outcomes for the New York Metropolitan franchise. To those whose anxiety over what could become is starting to simmer, I say to you this:
Relax, have fun, and enjoy the thrill of it all. As in life, a baseball season provides many different highs and lows, and cannot be predicted as much as we try. The best laid plans of mice and men…and Mets executives.
Mets Baseball is almost here. Enjoy the thaw.