New York Mets: Stop Laughing at My Team!
New York Mets Get Swept by New York Yankees
New York Mets fans who follow the team on a daily basis are very familiar with several of the television commercials that are shown seemingly between every inning of every game. One of these is for the post-game show, that ends with the voice-over saying, "...and of course, Jerry's post-game reactions," right as Manuel is shown cackling at a podium.
Without context, I have no idea what he was laughing at, but with every miscue this team makes, it becomes more and more plausible that he's laughing at his own team.
One thing I know for sure: After the Mets' latest humiliating defeat, last night's 4-2 loss to the Yankees, everybody else certainly is laughing at them.
And rightfully so.
But that doesn't mean I like it. In fact, I hate it. It's no fun when your beloved franchise is a joke.
As if it wasn't bad enough that we—when you invest three hours a night in this team for six months a year you get the right to use certain pronouns—lost a game to our crosstown rivals because of a dropped popup earlier this season, we had to get swept in our own park this past weekend.
Three hits on Friday in a 9-1 defeat.
One hit on Saturday in a 5-0 shutout.
And then last night, on national television no less, a 4-2 loss.
A regular loss—which I'm beginning to think is not possible for this team—would've hurt, but given the injuries to so many key players, I could've accepted it. But the Mets seem to be incapable of even preserving their dignity these days.
Never was this any clearer than it was last night. ESPN cameras caught two well-respected players, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, laughing during the top of the ninth inning. I mention that they are well-respected because I want to be clear that I'm not suggesting either player was showing poor sportsmanship. In fact, I doubt any of the Mets players even noticed their reactions; it's just that with today's broadcasts, nothing gets past the cameras.
Jeter laughed twice, first as he discovered the Mets were actually going to pitch to him, then again once Rivera came up to bat. Mariano laughed as he stood on first base after collecting the first RBI of his career, in an important spot no less. (You can read more about this specific situation here, under "Bonehead Move #2".)
Sure it's probably difficult when the other team in your city has won 150 World Championships, and the Mets could certainly use that as an excuse for why they are a second-class citizen in New York and are disregarded by baseball fans everywhere.
But that would be a cop-out.
The fact of the matter is, they've brought most of this upon themselves with their play the last few years.
There's the heart-breaking playoff elimination (2006), the historic late-season collapse (2007), and the mini-collapse caused by an absurdly bad bullpen (2008). That's three seasons that have ended in misery for Mets fans.
Through it all though, at least they've been relatively healthy. They've suffered their share of injuries like every team has, but the core offensive players—Beltran, Delgado, Reyes, Wright—have missed minimal time. That is, of course, until this season.
There's always hope that the "cavalry" could return and for once the Mets could be the team playing catch-up, rallying from a six-game deficit in early September to take the NL East.
Then, just maybe, everyone will stop laughing.
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