Mets fans need to R-E-L-A-X
By Vincent Perricone
Whether it’s lineup cards, Duda with his back issues or not scoring a single run with the bags loaded and nobody out, some Mets fans are already freaking out.
I understand it’s the Mets, and they’ve put the fans through a lot of mental angst the last decade, but it’s time everyone takes a chill pill.
I believe it was the great scholar Aaron Rodgers who once said “R-E-L-A-X,” and that’s exactly what a strong contingent of fans need to do.
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It isn’t so much the fan that watches Jay Bruce strike out during a practice game and yells “see, told you they should’ve traded him!” or when that person everyone knows is upset that David Wright is batting cleanup during a spring training game, either.
It’s more in regards to the person that watches the team with one issue on their mind — they pounce when the team screws up. They pounce when they do well. And they pounce when anything they don’t agree with happens.
The funniest yet saddest thing you could do is read up on Mets Twitter before, during and after a game. Boy, do you see some dandies on it. Firing hitting coach Kevin Long after the second spring training game took the cake for me.
In regards to Spring Training, fans should just be happy that there team is finally back from their off season and ready to compete. While fans and teams obviously want to see their regular players play well, it’s all about one thing; staying healthy.
We’ve already seen two Mets players go down because of injury; Lucas Duda is dealing with back spasms and Kevin Plawecki is said to have bruised his left knee, but thankfully, his x-rays came back negative.
Fans should be more concerned with Duda’s availability at first base, especially with minor leaguer Dominic Smith lurking in the minors and the possibility of Bruce playing the corner position. That being said, it’s still only February.
With the team the Mets are going to be putting on the field, it has a great mix of rookies, younger players and vets that know how to get the job done. They have talent in a ton of positions, and it could be a magical season.
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To the fans, I have a plea — please, please, with a cherry on top, take a chill pill. Watch the games, keep your fingers crossed and make sure no one gets injured. Because when it’s all said and done, not driving in a runner from third with no outs really doesn’t matter that much in March.