I get it. The Mets are the joke of Major League Baseball. They have not accomplished anything since 2006. Their owners are being sued. Players are constantly injured.
The Mets training and medical staff are nothing more than a laughing stock. We hear jokes about our team on the radio, television and read about it in the papers.
Yet despite it all, I consider it a privilege to be a Mets fan.
You may think I am crazy. Think about this. When was the last time you believed in anything? When was the last time you were part of organization who’s motto is “Ya Gotta Believe“? The New York Mets give us that.
Two other Mets fans on Twitter feel the same way. Here is what they had to say:
@JoeyStugotz6: privilege bc I grew up rooting for the underdog team, & Mets were the team I loved (ie: Todd Hundley) @Tyler_TSH privilege, because we can honestly say that we are NOT bandwagoners, and it shows. And when we win a WS, it will feel so better.
You and I both know that you did not believe in this team during the winter break. The thoughts running through your mind were all negative. You agreed with what was being written and spoken about them.
Then it happened. What people thought could not happen. Johan Santana took the mound and pitched two strong innings yesterday. He stood on a mound. It was not on flat ground. He pitched. He did not just merely throw a ball.
It may mean nothing to some. To me, it meant everything. It meant this team believes. It meant there is a burning desire in this team to do something. All it took was an ace who seemed to have nothing left after surgery two years ago.
I find it exciting to be a Mets fan. It is thrilling to see our young kids in the farm come to spring training all bright eyed. It gives hope to those who feel they may not accomplish their dreams. These kids fought hard just to get an invite. Now, they are on their way to being our next Doc Gooden or Darryl Strawberry. They will have an impact on this franchise for years to come.
Believe in this franchise. Forget what is happening in the front office. Only look at what is happening in Port St. Lucie right now. The Mets are going for it.
The message Terry Collins is sharing with this team is believing in themselves. If they do not do that, then why should anybody else believe?
There it is. It is not a message just for the players. It is a message everybody could benefit from. Never doubt. Always believe. A true fan sticks around and believes even when their eyes tell them not to.