The last day of a season to me feels like a funeral. You have to live without something that you have dedicated your life to. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, no Mets baseball for 7 months. Each and everyday over the past 7 months, I would have done anything to sit down on the couch and listen to Gary, Keith and Ron. Well the day has come, after a long winter (especially for this Giants and Knicks fan) the Mets are back. For the next 6 and if we’re lucky 7 months, we get a game to watch almost every single day to entertain us. This should be a great day but a lot of people are already starting with the doom and gloom.
I understand, our 2-4 starters did absolutely nothing in spring, our bullpen is still a big question mark and we are missing our 2 most important players. Yes, I know all of that, but lets be positive. We still have arguably the best pitcher in the game in Johan Santana. We have David Wright, Jason Bay, Jeff Francoeur and Frankie Rodriguez. That is a core that most teams in MLB would kill for. Not too mention we only have to wait 5 small days ’til Jose Reyes, the most exciting player in baseball is back.
Think about 2 years ago. Did you pick the Rays to make the World Series? No, you didn’t. This is sports, anything can happen and the Mets have the talent that could come together to win. We have heard even from Mike Francesa that the camaraderie is the best its been in along time. If these guys like each other that can go along way and can grow momentum if we can get off to a good start. We had an weird but winning opening day in 2006 and that momentum carried on throughout the season. Think about the Pirates would you like to be fighting for your first winning season since 1991? I don’t think so. The Mets spend, although not always wisely, how do you know that we don’t hang in and pick up a healthy Ben Sheets at the trade deadline? We are in a much better situation then most clubs, and trust me if the Wilpon’s can’t sell tickets they will do something to get our fannies in seats.
I don’t agree with Jerry Manuel very often but he did offer up some very good advise on the Mike Francesa program the other day. He said everyone needs to be positive and I cannot agree more with him. When fans hit the Citi tomorrow, they need to realise that we are 0 and 0, we have a clean slate. We need to cheer each and every player, let them know that we are behind every single person in orange and blue. I think it looks flat out silly and makes Met fans look like spoiled babies when they boo players especially early in the season. Met fans like to pride themselves as the opposite of Yankee fans, not front runners, stay with their team no matter what, not spoiled babies. But the negative talk and booing at game is doing just that. Support your team and guess what it just may help them. Being at home is supposed to be an advantage, but I bet the Mets love the road because they can escape a lot of the harassment they get. Lets make Citi a great place to be, it should be loud and scary for the other team. Yell profanities at the Marlins tomorrow, not the Mets. All of us need Citi to be our home, we want it to be a great place to watch a game and enjoy ourselves, the Mets want it to be a place where they can dominate and other teams hate coming to. But our attitude, the fans that is can heavily effect what type of place Citi Field is.
If you are reading this before you leave your place to hit Citi today please remember we need to get behind this team and show them how much we want to do well and be positive. Remember folks, it is opening day anything is possible and as always YA GOTTA BELIEVE!!!!!! This could just be THE YEAR!!!!