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NY Mets: 3 ways the team failed, 3 ways they succeeded in 2021

Sep 19, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) hi fives New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) for hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) hi fives New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) for hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 31: Javier Baez #23 of the New York Mets celebrates after scoring the winning run in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins with teammates Brandon Nimmo #9, Dominic Smith #2 and Pete Alonso #20 at Citi Field on August 31, 2021 in New York City. This is a continuation of the April 11 game which was suspended due to inclement weather. The Mets defeated the Marlins 6-5. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Mets succeeded at overcoming the distractions

Despite having an owner I think most people trust, there were plenty of distractions around the ball club this year. I guess you could say it all started with Jared Porter getting fired and continued throughout the year for one reason or another.

I often wonder, do teams in other cities deal with this much craziness or is it just the Mets?

The distractions the team faced didn’t just occur away from the field with a pair of general managers embarrassing themselves. The players also got in on the action.

Easily the biggest story was the players’ decision to start giving the fans a thumbs down. It was a late August story nobody expected to see. Mets fans had never been punched back by the players. It left a sour taste in the mouths of many.

The team did bounce back two days later with a huge comeback against the Marlins with Javier Baez, the one who spilled the beans on the thumbs, coming up clutch. Unfortunately, by this time, wins didn’t matter much.

Distractions didn’t seem to sway the Mets one way or another this season. Their poor play is what led to their downfall. If there’s a consolation to grab from this, at least we know they can handle some adversity.

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