Jacob deGrom spoke up about his frustration with how many losses the New York Mets are taking. He’s not the only star in the National League speaking up either.
deGrom voiced his displeasure with the team’s knack for losing regularly. In as few words as possible, deGrom said “I’m frustrated. I’m tired of losing.”
Aren’t we all, Jake?
It’s difficult to criticize deGrom for anything he does on the field. If there’s one thing I would like to see more of from him, it’s comments like this.
Instead, deGrom needs to speak up when his team is losing games in lousy ways. Whether he likes it or not, he’s a leader in this team’s locker room.
deGrom isn’t in his frustration either. While plenty of his Mets teammates are surely upset too, Colorado Rockies superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado is also upset with the state of his team.
Arenado didn’t deliver as diplomatic of a diatribe as deGrom. He went the extra mile to voice his displeasure.
Much like the Mets, the season started well for the Rockies. Until only recently they looked like a team that could buy at the trade deadline. Regular slumping has put them in the backseat of the National League West with the San Diego Padres placed in the trunk.
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Arenado is to the Rockies what deGrom is to the Mets. Both are leaders who are capable of winning the MVP or Cy Young Award. Each is watching their team waste games despite their best effort.
There is a difference between the pair. deGrom has been to the postseason. The Mets were good at one point during his MLB career. Arenado can’t say the same about his time with the Rockies. Aside from their Wild Card Game loss in 2017, his seasons end after game 162.
I suppose there’s some solace in knowing you’re not alone. deGrom is unhappy in his situation just as Arenado is in his.
What we need to remember about unhappiness is that people will often stick through the misery in hopes of turning things around.
There’s nothing to indicate deGrom wants to leave the Mets. Arenado likely enjoys playing in Colorado, putting up fat statistics each season.
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Losing wears on players like them, though. I have to wonder if deGrom’s will tongue gets a little sharper this season.