Is there anything good to say about the New York Mets?
Look at the headlines lately: A federal judge ruled that the team's owners may have to pay out around $83 million to victims of the Bernard Madoff ponzi scheme. Former Mets star Lenny Dysktra was sentenced to three years in prison for fraud. The team lost its spring training opener.
And that was just on Monday.
No doubt the Mets are a snake-bitten team. The biggest bite was the loss of shortstop Jose Reyes to the Miami Marlins over the winter. It capped a year in which very little went right. Pitching ace Johan Santana sat out the entire season, recovering from surgery on his left shoulder. David Wright became the subject of trade rumors after batting just .254 in 2011. Jason Bay also struggled throughout the year.
So is there something, anything, to look forward to for 2012? Can the Mets stay competitive, at least enough to keep fans from bailing out of Citi Field before August?
The answer is yes. Or more precisely, yes, if...
Here are five reasons why the Mets could overcome predictions of a 2012 Maya-style apocalypse.