Irrelevance (adj), definition: Not connected with or relative to something.
At some point during the season, most teams out of playoff contention become irrelevant to their sport.
The media scrutiny dies down, the fans become apathetic, and the players look like they are just going through the motions.
While it may take longer for a team in baseball to become irrelevant, it is also possible that a team can become irrelevant with almost half of the 162 game season remaining.
Indeed, as the weather turns from warm to hot, then from hot to cool, more and more teams become irrelevant to Major League Baseball and it's fans.
This season has been no different, with plenty of teams already playing meaningless games for fan bases that have given up on them.
They have become irrelevant to the sport, their city, and their fans and it's still early August.
It happened to the Diamondbacks when Brandon Webb was lost for the season.
It happened to the Nationals on opening day.
Now it's happened to the New York Mets.
Despite loosing numerous key players to injury and inconsistent play, the Mets were able to stay on the minds of New York sports fans, even if it did take Omar Minaya embarrassing the organization to do it.
The Mets recent five game win streak had put them within five games of the wild card lead.
This version of "The Replacements" had battled to within a game of .500 before going 3-6 in their next nine games, seven of which were against the lowly Padres and Diamondbacks.
With the rival Phillies grabbing headlines for their acquisition of the reigning AL Cy Young award winner, that other team in the Big Apple, the Yankees looking like the best team in the American League after beating up on the rival Red Sox this weekend, the Mets have become an after thought.
The Mets spent the weekend on vacation in San Diego, losing the first three games of the series to one of the worst teams in the sport until Johan Santana stopped the bleeding Sunday.
Sure the baseball was not good, the offense terrible, and the entire weekend a disaster, but even worse was the fact that nobody cared.
New York still belongs to the Yankees.
The Giants are projected to be one of the best teams in the NFC again.
The Jets have a great defense, and new head coach, and hot-shot rookie QB from USC.
Even the Knicks are relevant again, with the countdown to the "Summer of LeBron" already beginning.
It's only August 9th and, with almost two whole months remaining in the 2009 baseball season, Mets fans will be watching preseason football games more meaningful than any single game the Mets will play the rest of the way.
On the bright side, at least there won't be a third straight September collapse in Queens.