New York Mets Festivus Celebration: Let’s air some grievances
By Allen Settle
In honor of Festivus, let’s take some time to air our grievances about the New York Mets over the last year.
This holiday season, there is one event that is perfectly crafted for New York Mets fans: A Festivus for the rest of us! What better way to kick-off a new year than with an annual “airing of grievances!”
This Seinfeld inspired rant is designed to tell people how they’ve disappointed you over the past year. After all, what group of baseball fans would like to “yada, yada, yada” the past decade more than Mets fans? When you consider the connection to Mets’ superfan Jerry Seinfeld, December 23rd really is the perfect holiday.
Here are three Festivus grievances Mets fans have as 2019 draws to a close.
The Robinson Cano Trade
The blockbuster trade that sent Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets in December 2018 initially sparked excitement amongst fans. One year later, those same fans are yearning for the days when Jarred Kelenic was a standout prospect in their farm system.
An aging Cano posted career lows in nearly every major statistical category, while also struggling with injuries throughout the season. Meanwhile, Diaz, the former AL saves leader, had a disastrous first year in New York.
Fans of the team are holding out hope that both players can rediscover their All-Star form in 2020. However, at this point, the most satisfying path may be regifting the two stars like a label maker.
Beloved Mets in Trade Rumors
While this is admittedly a more recent issue, Mets fans will recognize it immediately. You open the Twitter app on your phone and are overwhelmed with speculation that some of your favorite Mets players could be traded. It all started with Noah Syndergaard chatter around last season’s trade deadline.
More recently, it came in the form of speculation that Brandon Nimmo was a candidate to be shipped to Pittsburgh in a deal for Starling Marte (no doubt prompting Nimmo to exclaim “I don’t want to be a pirate!”). Things finally reached their pinnacle when Jeff McNeil’s name was reportedly mentioned in trade talks surrounding Cleveland (cigar store) Indians superstar Francisco Lindor.
While none of these moves materialized into anything, the thought of players like Syndergaard, Nimmo, and McNeil in another team’s jersey is enough to make fans begin serenity now anger management.
Of course, the Mets’ ownership is at the top of the list. The Mets have been notoriously stingy despite playing in the largest sports market in the US. While the cross-town Yankees have long had a reputation for buying championships, the Mets experience shrinkage every free agency period.
The blame for this issue falls squarely on owners Jeff and Fred Wilpon. In fact, one might even say that the ownership group is stingier than George Costanza buying wedding invitation envelopes. While the Mets do have a $13.6 billion ray of hope in the form Steve Cohen, the franchise is still stuck under the shadow of the Wilpons until the timeline for Cohen’s ownership stake is established.
One thing is for sure, every fan of the orange and blue can’t wait to channel their inner Elaine Benes as they tell the Wilpons to “get out!”
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What are your biggest grievances to air before 2020?