Those high hopes of seeing the New York Mets play postseason baseball are dripping away with every loss. In first place for much of the 2021 season, the club is running out of time to go on a final run and earn themselves a playoff spot for the first time in years.
No playoffs for the Mets means Spirit Halloween can move into Citi Field for the month
Like any old storefront previously hosting a big box store we felt we couldn’t live without in the 1990s, Citi Field is looking like a perfect place for Spirit Halloween to set up shop. Five straight years the Mets began the season with postseason aspirations. Through it all, they never once hinted at a rebuild from the start of the season.
In 2017, the club was coming off of two straight trips to the postseason. Injuries caught up with them early on and they put together one of their worst seasons of the century.
The story was pretty much the same in 2018 and 2019 with the exception of a late surge. The Mets sold at the 2018 trade deadline but bought in 2019. There were a few weeks in August where it looked like they might pull off a miracle. Alas, it was too little too late.
The grim reaper arrived in Willet’s Point and proceeded to sell $50+ costumes that would only ever get an hour of use at some party you wish you never went to.
Halloween advice: stay home, watch a horror film, punish yourself with a big bag of candy.
Then there was last year. More teams than ever before made it to the postseason. The Mets, sadly, were not one of them.
Everything seemed to change in the 2021 season. The biggest problem with the franchise, the ownership, was gone. Rather than cheap secondary free agent signings, the club appeared to make savvier moves. Not only did they go out and trade for a superstar shortstop but they extended him only a few months after.
The villains in horror movies never do go away for good. Jason Voorhees made it all the way to space. In real life, it’s the Spirit Halloween store that always comes calling for the damned.
Citi Field was barren through all of the 2020 season as fans weren’t allowed to attend games. This year, with the place rocking again, the perfect story was written for the team to rally behind the “tenth man” and do serious damage. Instead, following a collapse in August, it’s looking like the only trip many of us will make on the 7-Line in October is to grab some Jollibee on Roosevelt Avenue—shout out to my profile picture.
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The Mets have only a few lives remaining in this game. Spirit Halloween hasn’t set up shop quite yet but you better believe they already posted job applications over at Indeed.