It is hard to put into words how Mets fans are feeling right now. Friends texting, calling or Facebooking their Mets friends offering words of sympathy. Messages of “I’m sorry for your loss” have been pouring out since the New York Mets loss to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series Sunday night (November 01).
How are Mets fans handling it? As one fan put it: “Our future is so bright we have to wear shades”.
Nobody is denying the Mets losing at home in the World Series hurt. If it didn’t hurt, you are either not human or you have not suffered with the team long enough like the rest of the fan base.
You sat there and watched this team make it to a series you did not think they would get to. Thoughts of actually winning the whole damn thing began to float into your mind. So you invested in them emotionally. Every game was a close one. Every game made you wonder if this was going to be the one they win. Watching them beat themselves was painful. It was brutal. Botched plays and stranded guys on the bases. It was a series the Mets should have won. Unfortunately, they did not.
However, there are plenty of reasons for the fan base to not break down.
Reason number one: The New York Mets stuck it to Bryce Harper and the rest of the Washington Nationals. Those guys have been a pain in the Mets asses for far too long. Harper and Jayson Werth kept mouthing off that they were the team to beat all year. Well, not only did the Mets kill their playoff hopes in 2015, the Mets are now the team to beat in the National League East going into 2016.
Oh wait! They are the team to beat in the entire National League. Who would’ve guessed that?!
Reason number two: The Mets defied the odds. Who can honestly say the Mets were going to make it to the World Series? Playoffs via the Wild Card? Maybe. But the Fall Classic? The offense was streaky, at best. The rotation consisted of a guy coming back from Tommy John, two rookies and a lefty who drove fans nuts because of his inconsistency. Not to mention they lost their captain for a couple of months.
Reason number three: The Mets annihilated the National League’s top pitchers who are Cy Young award winners in Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. They swept the Chicago Cubs.
I can go on, but I really do not see the need to.
The 2015 season was a memorable one. Baseball had a new Mr. October in Daniel Murphy during the National League Division and National League Championship series. The fan base was given a glimpse of what they will have in Michael Conforto going forward. They saw their young pitching staff mature right before their eyes with every pitch they threw in a postseason nobody expected. They saw their general manager step up right at the trade deadline and make a trade for the one player needed to push the team to October.
It was amazing to watch the New York Mets take down every naysayer they encountered. For every negative article or comment made about them, they won a game to shut them up.
The season to remember started in April with an 11-game win streak. They fizzled in May and June, but held on enough to stay within striking distance. Then general manager, Sandy Alderson made the trade that changed the Mets chances at the trade deadline by bringing in Yoenis Cespedes.
The Mets made the playoffs by beating their rivals. They shut down their division. Nationals, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins each loss 11 games to the Mets. The Philadelphia Phillies lost 14 games to the NL Champions. This is how the Mets got to the playoffs. Not through the Wild Card. It will be how they get to the playoffs again in 2016.
One more thing. Since the opening of Citi Field in 2009, it felt like the ballpark was cursed. It looked like Shea Stadium was not happy about being taken down and replaced by a more shinier model. Not anymore. Citi Field had shone brighter than she has ever had before. She held the center stage in the greatest city in the world. All eyes were on her and she looked great in October into November.
So as we put the 2015 season in the books, Mets fans should look forward to the 2016 season. Cheers to the 2015 New York Mets. It was a wild and crazy ride this year. Now bring on 2016.