NY Mets fans will miss Jacob deGrom no matter how much they don't want to admit it
I get it. I get wanting to hate Jacob deGrom for choosing to go to the Texas Rangers. I get wanting to hate Jacob deGrom for prioritizing money over being a lifelong Met and winning a World Series on the team he said he wanted to play with forever. Every Mets fan will miss him, at least a little bit.
The last couple of seasons have been frustrating with deGrom. The injuries got incredibly annoying. However, the feeling of watching this man pitch was like nothing I've ever experienced as a Mets fan too young to have watched the likes of Seaver or Gooden pitch live.
Every time Simple Man blasted from the speakers at Citi Field, you felt the Mets had a great shot at winning. You at the very least knew deGrom wouldn't be the reason they'd lose.
I'm going to miss watching him blow triple-digit fastballs past hitters and making those same hitters look foolish on disgusting sliders.
The Mets did well to bring Justin Verlander in to replace him, and they might be an improved ballclub due to Verlander being more durable than deGrom. That doesn't mean Mets fans won't miss deGrom. He's one of the best players this franchise has ever had. He will be missed.