The New York Mets are not easy to love in 2014. We’ve got unlikable owners who just fired the executive in charge of ticket sales, apparently because fans are getting tired of paying good money to watch bad baseball.
We’ve got a captain who keeps playing despite neck and shoulder injuries, even though the Mets have been out of contention for weeks (even by the most optimistic of estimations.)
David Wright is going to have the worst season of his major league career, and he’s in just the second year of a $140 million contract he signed after the 2012 season. If he doesn’t get better next year when he’s healthy, things could get even uglier at CitiField between now and 2020.
And as fans, we’re not necessarily dreaming about which star shortstop and/or left fielder that GM Sandy Alderson could bring in this winter to address the team’s two most glaring deficiencies. Instead, we’re wondering if (and maybe hoping that) he can unload our only All-Star and our winningest starting pitcher in 2014 because they make too much money.
It’s enough to make a game like Monday’s 9-6 loss to the Miami Marlins seem like the final straw. Even Terry Collins — who always seems to have an excuse for everything — was briefly at a loss for (repeatable) words after an ugly game that was “highlighted” by six Mets errors.
A sensible person probably would have taken the hint to give up on the Mets – at least for 2014 – long ago.
I hope we all know that I’m not really that sensible when it comes to baseball.
I haven’t been out to CitiField since July, and Mets baseball has lost it’s “must see tv” status. But that doesn’t mean I’ve given up watching. I’ll enjoy Juan Lagares‘ spectacular catches, Lucas Duda‘s home runs, Jenrry Mejia‘s victory celebrations (however infrequently they might happen) and all the rest right up until the end.
I’m also sure there will be more days that the Mets make me want to bang my head against the wall before it’s all over. It goes with the territory.