Monday, November 2, 2015

I Suffered Through 1962, 1978, 1979, 1993, 2008 and Other Bad Years With the Mets

In January 2006 I wrote in this journal that I had been a Met fan since the team's inception in 1962.  Back on July 31 of this year I wrote that it takes a lot of patience to be a Met Fan.  This was just after the Amazin's blew a 7-1 against the San Diego Padres and lost 8-7.  Hours later the Mets traded for Yoenis Cepedes just minutes before the trade deadline.

At the beginning of this season I only expected about an 85-77 record with a second place finish in the NL East behind the heavy favorite Washington Nationals.  Early in the season the Mets had an 11 game winning streak and were way ahead in the standings.  Later on the hitting went bad as the team skidded toward mediocrity.  After the trades at the deadline the team took over and won the NL East, the Division Series against the Dodgers and the League Championship series against the Cubs.

Losing the World Series in 5 games to the Kansas City Royals was a disappointment, the Mets have nothing to be ashamed of.  People are criticizing Terry Collins for some of the moves he made, but some risks don't pay off.  I am very pleased that the Mets went as far as they did.  The result was much better than the years I mentioned in the title of this entry.  I am already looking forward to next season.

The young pitchers will mature and will be assume.  Already there is speculation in the electronic media on the leaving of free agents Cespedes and Murphy.  Buster Olney of ESPN is stating that with certainty they will not return.  Sometimes I think that the media creates the news.  It is very easy to speculate, but the writers and broadcasters don't now what goes on behind the scenes.

I will have to take the off season also known as the Hot Stove League one day at a time and hople for the best.

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