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NY Mets: Good vibes around the 2021 team came from the top

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Mets owner Steve Cohen at the opening of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site at Citi Field on February 10, 2021 in the Queens borough of New York City. The inoculation site will focus on providing vaccinations to Queens residents, food service workers, and taxi drivers. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Mets owner Steve Cohen at the opening of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site at Citi Field on February 10, 2021 in the Queens borough of New York City. The inoculation site will focus on providing vaccinations to Queens residents, food service workers, and taxi drivers. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
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Good vibes around the 2021 New York Mets could have only come from one place. The roster, for the most part, has stayed pretty much the same from last season with a few notable additions.

I know Francisco Lindor brings leadership. Trevor May is always positive. Taijuan Walker is an absolute joy and seems to really enjoy the game and city he now represents. Many other newcomers also mesh well with the rest of the roster. I get all of that. And I’m not denying how much this all helps.

But it isn’t a singular player who has caused the feeling around the franchise to make a 180. The biggest change made with the Mets took place in the tallest tower of the Citi Field castle: ownership.

Steve Cohen really did change the feeling around the Mets

Steve Cohen gets credit for a lot of things. I almost hate to give him yet another win. He can tweet “covfefe” and receive praise from the masses. Can’t this guy ever take one on the chin?

Cohen is winning at life. He’s also the spark the franchise needed.

The 2020 season was a strange one for the Mets. They didn’t have the same positive energy that they did only a season earlier. The 2019 club was the first featuring Pete Alonso dead-center in the action with the emergence of cheerleader Dominic Smith. Those two did a lot to make the Mets more of a team and less of a group of men playing baseball together.

Perhaps a little bit of the bad juju on last year’s club had to do with the ongoing pandemic. It’s hard to smile while playing a child’s game as an adult when the world is in chaos. We can only speculate as to why the 2020 Mets weren’t so likable and the 2021 team is.

I hand the award for this to Cohen. He’s at least trying to put out good energy. I don’t think there was a moment when the Wilpons ever so much as sweated off a droplet of positivity toward the fans.

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Whether business or the baseball diamond, the energy can always start from the top. Cohen gives off an aura that trickles down to the locker room. The Mets are better for it.

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