The New York Mets might surprise us later this year when it is revealed that they were the bad guys all along. To fans of 29 other teams, they already feel like this might be the case.
But from a Mets perspective, this is the team in the white trunks while everyone else is wearing black. We have some time left this season but in 2022 three new villains have emerged. The best thing about it is the storyline might carry beyond just this season with a few of them.
1) NY Mets villain: Paul Sewald
Paul Sewald is maybe the most surprising Mets villain. He isn’t going to go down as the next Pete Rose, Roger Clemens, or Mike Scott. The closer for the Seattle Mariners will, however, be remembered exclusively for how much he seems to dislike the Mets for giving up on him so soon.
The Mariners were one of the first teams to make the Mets question their spot in the standings this season. When Sewald and several other former Mets helped take them down, he wasn’t shy about voiding his frustrations about the time he spent in New York—specifically referencing how the team gave up on him.
This caught a lot of people off guard. Sewald wasn’t hated by Mets fans. He was just one of many relief pitchers who regularly failed to get the job done. He was all but forgotten until he returned as a member of the Mariners.
Had Sewald not spoken up, he’d actually have a lot of fans on his side. People would have been questioning whether or not the front office did in fact give up on him too soon. He might even have some leftover fans in New York.
Instead, he enters heel territory. It’s just a shame we won’t get to see more of the feud with him out in Seattle.