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Mets: Fasting from negative thoughts while they’re above .500

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Manager Mickey Callaway #36 of the New York Mets is introduced before the Mets Home Opening game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on April 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Manager Mickey Callaway #36 of the New York Mets is introduced before the Mets Home Opening game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on April 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /
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Two of the hardest things in life are fasting and staying positive about your baseball team. I’m going to do both and fast from negative thoughts about the New York Mets while this is an above .500 team.

The New York Mets won’t start 2019 with an 11-1 record, but at 5-2 through their first seven, there’s a reason for optimism. The offense has been pretty good and this does indeed look like a better squad.

What can I do about this? I can stop my doom-and-gloom-attitude and stay a little more positive. Until the Mets fall to .500, I vow to stay completely 100% personally positive about this ball club.

This means no more criticizing of Mickey Callaway even if he manages his bullpen like I do my sock drawer. I’ll grab anything from there even if it doesn’t match the situation.

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Until the Mets fall to .500, I won’t say how Luis Guillorme is wasting a roster spot or complain about Tomas Nido’s presence as the backup catcher. Even though Guillorme didn’t play at all in the first six games and struck out in his first at-bat on Thursday, I will hold my whining.

The Mets fan community isn’t always the most positive. I don’t think it’s the most negative either. Mets fans are typically realists with a good sense of humor. They understand the situation. If this franchise wins a championship every 25 years, it’s a success.

Around this time last year, I admittedly didn’t have much hope for a promising 2018 campaign. I thought Adrian Gonzalez was a waste of time. I also had my doubts Yoenis Cespedes would live up to his gigantic contract. I’m going to attack this season a little different. I’m fasting from the negativity. I’m all-in focusing on what this team can do well.

So far, we’ve seen some good. Jacob deGrom is his usual awesome self. Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil have raked. It’s also obvious Wilson Ramos was the best choice for the catcher spot.

The Mets aren’t perfect and it’s foolish of me to say they are. However, there’s enough screaming and yelling and hollering and crying to go around from others about them and everything else in this world. I’m going to try something different and out of my comfort zone.

No, I’m not going shirtless at the beach or willing to try to make a new friend in my 30s. I’m just going to do my best to remain optimistic that this team will play meaningful baseball all season long. Last summer was rough. My hope is that if I can somehow avoid those dark thoughts, maybe this year can have a different result.

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How long will this fast last? Will I ever get to criticize them again?

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