For years Mets fans stressed almost every loss. Pitchers would get eaten alive. Position players booed throughout the game if they couldn’t bring the run home. Saturday night at Tropicana Field against the Rays was different.
Maybe it was the seven game winning streak. It could’ve been the 2.5 game lead over the Washington Nationals in the NL East. Or perhaps it is the strongest cheering for this New York Mets team by fan bases of rivals and throughout baseball. Whatever it is, one loss meant very little to a fan base that takes every loss to heart.
The Mets had a three run lead to start the game. Then the Rays took the hammer to Noah Syndergaard to show he isn’t the god many hope him to be. Rays took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the first. Curtis Granderson answered back with his second shot of the game to tie it at 4-4. That would be all the Mets would muster. Even the botched double clutch, lapse in fundamentals play Ruben Tejada made which made the game 5-4 did not cause the fans to flip out. They would lose the game and lose one game on the Nationals.
In days past, the Mets faithful would’ve blasted Thor. Posts on Facebook would have looked like: “Send him down”, “The kid is a bust”, or “Trade him while his value is high”. This fan base is not known for their patience in player development.
Instead, after a 5-4 loss, the fans stood behind their pitcher and team. There were posts that rang of optimism. Posts like these:
With the Mets looking to take the rubber game Sunday afternoon against the Rays, Mets fans keep this mind. In the words of Rocky Balboa:
It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!