Spring Training: In 2012, Mets will fight for relevance

By / February 20, 2012 / Spring Training

Spring training has officially arrived. Pitchers and catchers for the New York Mets have reported to Port St. Lucie, along with many position players who wish to get a head start.

So what is everyone talking about? Johan Santana’s ability to pitch. Whether or not it will be Daniel Murphy or Justin Turner to play first base come opening day.

Of course the entire pitching staff, from the rotation to the bullpen, has always remained a question for years.

Here is what I am talking about: the ability to fight for relevance in a division that already seems to have you dead and buried.

The Mets are going into this season with two feet already in their grave. At least, that is how everyone has them. In the  minds of players and their manager, they are going into the season with something to prove. The pieces are there. It is a matter of execution.

With spring training comes a clean slate. There is no more 2011 or 2010 or 2009. There is only now. Today. Nobody cares about yesterday. This is not about “what have you done for me lately?”. It is about “what are you going to do for me today?”.

That is what the Mets will be going through from spring training all the way through the last day of the 2012 season. It is about maintaining relevance. It is about giving yourself a fighting chance to shut up all of the naysayers. All of the doubting Thomas’s out there.

Sure there are question marks. They are always there. Every team, believe or not, has them. It is a long baseball season. It is a marathon, not a sprint. Each player on the New York Mets needs to stand up and say,

This is OUR fight. They have fought behind us every season. We will not say “die”. This division belongs to us. It is ours to take.

This game is played on the field. Every team has their slumps. The Mets need to take advantage. That is the key to this season. Take advantage of every mistake. Take advantage of every opportunity.

Their needs to be a mental toughness to this team like nothing before. There will be countless distractions, from David Wright staying with the team to Johan Santana’s ability to pitch. These players need to say,

To hell with the media. We can only control today. Not tomorrow.

Today is all they have. So that is what they will work with. This is the message of the 2012 season.

This is a new day. It is a new season. With the changes to the walls in the outfield, it like there is a new ballpark. Now, there is a new mentality. They will grind out every play. They will learn to hit, to field, and to fight. This is what spring training does. It trains you. It modifies what is already known and solidifies it. It prepares you for battle.

They will not say die. They will not, and should not, take anybody’s crap. Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Jason Bay are coming back all guns blazing. All they ask, is for the fans to stand up and fight alongside them.

Welcome to the 2012 season! It’s time to ride or die!

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Phil Naessens

Would you like a job at my academy because that was one heck of a pep talk! I’m getting tired of hearing supposed Mets fans talking about 2014…..its 2012 and I agree “ride or die”


Tanya Mercado

Haha! Thanks Phil. I love a good pep talk myself. I am beyond tired of hearing fans talk about waiting until 2014. This is supposed to the franchise that believes. Lately, it seems like the fan base does anything but that.


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