It’s not easy cheering for the New York Mets. In 2019, these moments may have made you question your decision to root for the blue and orange.
From unbelievable runs and star players to team slumps and losing seasons, the New York Mets are constantly testing the loyalty of their fan base. Remaining devoted to this team is a true testament to the emotional strength of Mets fans and unfortunately, we are not often rewarded for it.
For this reason, some may find it difficult to see a reason to believe. Occasionally losing faith in and questioning this team might as well serve as an initiation into the Mets fandom. In recent seasons, these three factors may have led to some questioning their decision to wear the orange and blue.
Questionable Decision Making
When second-year manager Mickey Callaway joined the staff many fans were optimistic, excited for a new, younger manager with modern methods and ideas. But Callaway’s managing style has its pitfalls, evident by the numerous questionable decisions he made throughout his two seasons.
Late in 2019, Callaway chose to allow third-string catcher Rene Rivera, an average hitter, to maintain his place in the batting order in a bases-loaded situation, instead of pulling him for the hot bat of Wilson Ramos. A familiar feeling washed over me, confusion, as I, along with many other Mets fans, questioned if we could make sensible decisions than our manager.
The aforementioned situation took place during a September 18th game against the Colorado Rockies, with the Mets still in striking distance of the second NL Wild Card spot. In the top of the 6th inning, the Mets were down a run and in desperate need of a comeback but Rivera grounded out.
It was clear before the game that pitcher Noah Syndergaard preferred to pitch to Rivera over Ramos, but he had already let up three runs on eight hits and was not having a stellar start. Fans questioned why Callaway chose to designate Syndergaard’s feelings as a higher priority than securing the lead.
This is just one of the various controversial decisions Callaway has made during his short time with the team that caused fans to question their fandom.