The New York Mets dropped another one-run game on Friday night. This time, it was to the Philadelphia Phillies.
This was especially painful because the Mets are chasing them in the National League East and second Wild Card races. Following a sweep at the bats and arms of the St. Louis Cardinals, it was essential for the Metropolitans to do as much damage as possible to the longtime division rivals.
Instead, they took a tough 4-3 loss filled with plenty of drama, umpire reviews, and close calls. In the end, their performance wasn’t strong enough. You would never know it if you heard them talking after the game.
The Mets aren’t being positive, they’re being delusional
Let’s face it, the Mets are not going to make the 2021 postseason. They simply don’t have enough time. Since dropping out of first place, they haven’t managed to climb back into it. This was the first sign that the year wouldn’t go as originally planned.
Through it all, the club has remained almost universally positive. Here’s Tim Britton with one of the quotes from manager Luis Rojas:
A real chance? Lloyd Christmas had a better chance with Mary Swanson. I had a better shot with Buffy’s Sarah Michelle Gellar when I was an overweight fifth grader dreaming of having her as my first girlfriend.
Rojas wasn’t the only one speaking words of encouragement after Friday’s loss. Brandon Nimmo, fresh off the IL, had two cents to add:
I hate to break it to Nimmo but movies aren’t real. Even Moneyball, one of the films he was referring to in this quote, is about a team that won 103 games.
Being the one to rain on everyone’s parade sickens me because there is already so much negativity in this world. I sneezed the other day and didn’t get a single “bless you.” The world is, indeed, a vampire sent to drain.
But what else are the Mets going to say at this point?
When we get down to it, there’s not much the Mets can say other than these cheesy quotes about believing. Mathematically, those feelings of belief will turn into lies soon enough. If all Rojas and company did was talk about how much the team stinks, they’ll welcome too much other negativity to fester. That won’t be good for anyone.
I think the positivity around the club did help them get through some tough times early on. However, like an old job I had where positivity was preached, the environment was actually much more toxic.
The Mets sound more like followers of Jim Jones than baseball players these days. I’m waiting for the day when Steve Cohen brands them with an “SC” on their thighs. The line between keeping cool, believing in yourself, and facing facts can be thin.
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For the 2021 Mets, those facts have caught up to them. Soon, they’ll have no choice but to face the music. Then we get to start the cycle all over again.