New York Mets fans shouldn’t be shamed for staying positive
By Tim Boyle
Many New York Mets fans are holding out hope for a miracle this year. There’s no reason to shame those who are staying positive.
In the second half of 2019, the New York Mets have done something we didn’t see much before the All-Star Break. They’re actually winning games a little more consistently and within spitting distance of making a miracle run.
Personally, I have little faith the team can reach sainthood and pull a Mother Theresa over the next two months. There are far too many teams to jump ahead of. The schedule may not allow them to do so with the better teams likely to separate themselves from the lesser ones.
Regardless of this improbable destiny, many Mets fans have remained positive. They remain positive even when some people are out there shaming them for it.
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For the third straight season, the Mets look like trade deadline sellers. Unlike 2017 and 2018, there’s hope for a bright immediate future. The team has some young stars they didn’t have at the past two deadlines. Could they potentially do what the 2016 New York Yankees did and actually compete even after selling some pieces?
Those who believe it’s possible have taken a beating over the last week. The “talk to me when they’re .500” comments are rampant. The feeling I get is that reporters want this team to fail. I’m not exactly sure why.
A much better story is one where a team rises from the ashes. Instead, the narrative many have written is about a pile of dust blowing around for the next two months in nothingness.
It’s one thing to hop off the 2019 playoff wagon. It’s another to jump off it then make those optimists still aboard sound like fools for sticking with them. Calling fans clowns is uncalled for. As blissfully delusional as some Flushing faithful may sound, I cannot help but respect how positively in the clouds their minds remain.
Summer is about many things. Kids are out of school and clogging up the malls. The heat goes up and so do our energy bills. Most important of all, the baseball season is in full bloom.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to see your team win games. Holding out hope for a better finish to this Mets season is all the fans have left.
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Yes, the Mets are done. Knocking those who think otherwise down a peg is nothing more than prematurely “I told you so.” Fans get enough of that from people who root for other teams.