Please have a seat. It’s time we talked man to man about our beloved Mets. It’s spring training, for the other 29 teams it’s a great time of year. As a fan your allowed to dream big, you can imagine your team playing important baseball in September, maybe it’s a playoff run your looking to, maybe it’s even getting all the way to the World Series. It’s all possible in spring training, and that’s why it’s such a cool time of year.
Unless your a Mets fan.
It’s time we took a look at our beloved Mets. We need to realistically start to come to terms that this season is much more likely to be a train-wreck then it is to end in any semblance of pride. The news about Beltran first and now Jose Reyes is like going to a five year old on Christmas eve and telling him Santa doesn’t exist. I feel robbed of my spring dreaming. I knew it was a long shot trust me, but I allowed myself to have hope. To imagine everything actually going right like Omar and the Wilpons have cooked up. It’s time to burst that bubble.
When a guy knows his best-friend’s girlfriend is cheating on him, he doesn’t just sit there and listen to him croon about how in love he is, he sits him down and tells him. It’s to protect him from great pain in the future. Consider this your warning folks. Put down the blue and orange Kool-Aid and listen to me.
Lower your expectations. A lot. We haven’t even had one meaningful pitch yet this season and we have lost arguably our 2 most important players for a long period of time. The Mets are saying Reyes is out for 2-8 weeks. This is a bit misleading from my point of view. The way I read it is he is restricted from physical activities for 2-8 weeks. What are they going to do just toss him back onto Citi Field the day he is cleared? No, he’s going to need at the least a mini-spring training to get into shape. Remember this is a guy coming off leg issues that sidelined him for most of last year, so you absolutely can not rush him. If Reyes is back before June 1st I think we should consider ourselves lucky.
Run through a scenario with me. Lets say Reyes is cleared and good to go by opening day, that’s less then 3 weeks away. He’s now ready to do an extended spring training down in Port St. Lucie to work back into game shape. Jose is the type of guy that wants to get back as soon as possible and want to prove people wrong. Not to mention he’s playing for a contract mind you. Tell me you can’t see the reports now of Jose suffered a setback to his hamstrings because he was working too hard too fast? Remember that Omar and Jerry don’t have the liberty of patience. They absolutely need to be off to a good start, anything less and they could be, should be, gone. There are no excuses this year.
Call me a pessimist but this season is quickly unraveling before our eyes. We are supposed to believe that things can go completely right and we can compete and make the playoffs. Unfortuantely wheels are already flying off! Things are already NOT going right. Now we are expected to compete with Pagan and Cora playing long stints? How long till Cora’s thumbs fall off again? It’s gonna be like domino’s. And that’s not even considering any setbacks by Beltran.
It’s time for us to open our eyes and take a good raw look at this team, even if the management wont. Let them continue to count their billion dollar business on “hopes” and “maybes.” I am starting to feel like we used up all our baseball karma in that Game 6 so many years ago and we have been repaying a deal with the devil ever since.