The Kansas City Royals, not the New York Mets, are your 2015 World Series Champions.
And that’s as it should be – the Royals were the better team. They made fewer mistakes and capitalized on the chances the Mets gave them. When they trailed, they never gave up. They wanted it more and they had the talent to back it up.
I bet the Kansas City Royals are a lot of fun to watch when they’re not playing against your favorite team.
Back during spring training, all I was ready to dream about was a season where the Mets won more games than they lost.
The 2015 Mets exceed my wildest expectations: 90 wins and a division title, an NLDS victory over the Dodgers and a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS. They got to play in the World Series for the first time in 15 years and the fifth time in franchise history.
Maybe next week, I’ll be able to feel pretty good about that. Today I’m still thinking about all of the chances that the Mets had in that World Series that didn’t work out in their favor. If Yoenis Cespedes didn’t play Alcides Escobar‘s fly ball into an inside the park home run to start Game 1… if Terry Collins had gone to Jeurys Familia for a two inning save in Game 4 instead of counting on a struggling Tyler Clippard because he had been the “eighth inning guy” …if Collins followed his head instead of his heart last night about when to pull Matt Harvey… if David Wright had held Eric Hosmer at third base… if Lucas Duda had made a decent throw home.
But it’s time to let it go.
Nine Mets players are now officially free agents, and most if not all will be on different teams next year. Thank you to Jerry Blevins, Yoenis Cespedes, Tyler Clippard, Bartolo Colon, Kelly Johnson, Daniel Murphy, Eric O’Flaherty, Bobby Parnell and Juan Uribe for your contributions to the Mets legacy.
Murphy and Parnell are two of the last four Mets who played at Shea Stadium. If they depart, only David Wright and Jonathon Niese will remain. Murphy ranks second in career doubles as a Met with 228, 10th in singles with 657 and ninth in extra base hits with 310. Parnell pitched in 329 games as a Met, eighth most among Mets pitchers.
Part of me would like them both to have the chance to play with the Mets for their whole careers, but I recognize that it’s in the Mets’ best interest to move on from one if not both of them.
Colon has achieved cult hero status for his athletic feats despite his unlikely appearance and for his unique presence. He will be missed if he chooses to move on to a team more likely to need him as a starter for the full season in 2016.
The Mets would not have been in the playoffs without Cespedes, and to a lesser extent Uribe, Johnson and Clippard.
Jerry Blevins, we hardly knew you as a player. Maybe we’ll get that chance in 2016.
Eric O’Flaherty… taught us that there’s more skill to being an effective lefty reliever than just being able to throw with your left arm.
Noah Syndergaard offered us this today:
Let’s see how Sandy Alderson addresses the Mets’ flaws this winter. Syndergaard is right… 2015 could be the beginning of something special. In less than four months, 2016 spring training will be underway.
Let’s go Mets!