In honor of the 130-year anniversary of the last season of the New York Metropolitans, here is what we imagine would have been their season preview.
NEW YORK, April 16, 1887 — I fear the end is near for our once beloved New York Metropolitans baseball club. The upcoming regular season is starting as scheduled; no worries there, but their demise is maybe a simple matter of time. In the aftermath of last season’s fiasco, how could any reasonable minded person surmise otherwise?
I guess begrudging Jim Mutrie and John B. Day for selling the Metropolitans at this stage is pointless. Regrettably, I’ve come to better understand over the past two decades how the capitalists themselves have now sadly become the game. This once pastoral game of amateur recreation has indeed devolved into just another heartless magnate’s playground – as so many warned years ago.
Nevertheless, mine is an issue over seniority. Mutrie and Day founded the New York Metropolitans baseball club first – not the Gothams! Only through our loyal rooting for the club and unyielding support of its members did the Mets originally become a successful independent operation. Those other New Yorkers are three full years our junior. While those duplicitous partners seemed to have either blatantly disregarded, or conveniently forgotten these facts.
It is this club which should have gained inclusion into the National League back in 1882, but for now-moot reasons ownership declined their invitation.
And there lies the genesis of this whole dilemma.