The Mets are the hottest team in baseball. They are 9-1 in their past ten with a Polar Bear who is officially one of the best home runs hitters in baseball and will make a run at the Rookie of the Year award. After pretty much standing pat at the deadline, the Mets turned it around and look really smart for keeping their assets. However, for all the parading that’s been happening on this website, there’s one thing that really bugs me.
You see, I work on a very successful radio program (it’s won awards and stuff) and my co-host, a dear friend of mine who I would never pick on or say anything bad about, always has a saying when it comes to this sport that we all love. It goes: baseball is a marathon, not a sprint. This couldn’t be more true, as we see time and time again teams get hot and then take their foot off the gas and fizzle out of relevance.
I’m not telling fans of the Mets (whoever they may be) to not be excited during this time. That wouldn’t be a very fan-like thing to do. All I am saying is don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Because right now, “the hottest team in baseball” is still 1.5 games out of the second wild card spot. In which case, any wild card spot would mean playing a one game playoff (where anything could happen) only to determine who gets to play the scorching hot Dodgers in the Division Series.
I get it, these Mets fans are trying to convince themselves that this year is actually the year. Which, when those years are so hard to come by it’s obvious that any glimmer of hope is enough to spark the flame in the fans’ collective hearts. Maybe, their favorite football team is dealing with the fact that their star running back, who is perhaps the only reason their quarterback is good, might sit out the entire season cause their owner doesn’t want to pay them. I don’t know I’m spitballing here, just trying to come up with outside factors. Whatever the case, be proud of this team, but be wary of the challenges ahead.
Now I would like to address what has been said on the website directly. Starting with:
And as a fan of a team currently in playoff contention, 17-6 since the All-Star break and best in baseball during that stretch, I DESPERATELY want to know what it must be like to be out of it during such an exciting time in baseball.
Might I suggest thinking back to last year? Our roles were pretty much reversed, except my team was actually on its way to steamrolling its way through the playoffs en route to a fourth World Series championship since Y2K.
Did that stop Mr. Colbert (keeping it respectful, chivalry isn’t dead) from calling her out by name on air and on our Instagram page several times to defend her team? Short answer: Nay.
The difference between her silence and mine is that my team was directly beating down on her team on the biggest stage in baseball. This time around my team is just bad on its own. Not because of the Mets, not because of the Dodgers, they are just not fun. So allow me to sit here wondering what the hell is happening to myself a bit. But hey, thanks for finally writing a blog again, even if both of them were more about me than actual sports.
So here: the Red Sox suck. They have not been fun to watch. They had an issue with their bullpen that never was addressed and now they’re paying for it. At this point, it’d be nothing short of a miracle if they snuck into the playoffs to defend their title. However will I console myself with the Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins?