All kinds of youthful energy
On Twitter, a common sentiment among Mets fans is that 2019 was “their favorite Mets season where they didn’t make the playoffs.” Many factors contributed to this season-long feeling of fun, which can easily be summed up by the letters L, F, G, and M.
Alonso gave the fanbase the injection of hope it needed when he tweeted out a letter of appreciation in late July that began this rallying cry. Add that on to the Mets’ newly minted walk-off tradition of ripping off jerseys, also started by Alonso. And let’s not forget Dom Smith and his scene-stealing scooter.
Mets fans have been calling for years for the team to get younger, hoping that some youthful energy would inspire the team to new successes. Congratulations Mets fans, the team has officially gotten younger.
The core of their team is no longer older veterans like it was in 2015 and 2016. Rather, this year’s lineup relied mostly on younger players like Alonso, McNeil, Conforto, Davis, Nimmo, Smith, and Rosario, all of whom are well under 30.
There’s nothing like a team of solid young players to get a fanbase excited. This season, the Mets’ youthful stars were no strangers to elaborate handshakes, emphatic bat flips, exuberant postgame interviews, and somewhat sassy tweets. Baseball is often accused of being an older man’s game, but the 2019 Mets proved that younger players are fully capable of taking over the game and enjoying every minute of it.
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With that attitude in place for next year, Mets fans have every reason to believe that their team can stay hot, deliver clutch hits, and provide LFGM-worthy thrills in 2020.