As the Mets Are Done, the Season is Still Fun

Mike KentSenior Writer IAugust 24, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 13:  Fans stand outside before the start of the Opening Day game between the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets at Citi Field on April 13, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced Shea stadium as the Mets home field.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

It's never easy to see your team lose, but when your team is done anyway, it makes it a bit easier to watch.

As a New York Mets fan, this season has not gone just the way I hoped it would. But what has happened has happened, and it's time to acknowledge that the season is over for the Mets.


Is it easy to see your team go down and lose player by player and game by game? No.


But can I enjoy the game even if I know the Mets are going to lose? Yes.


Since the Mets are done, I don't feel like there are any must-win games.


Even if we go on a five-game winning streak, at best we may be back in the Wild Card Race only about seven games out...and behind at least five other teams, that may also go on winning streaks later in the year.


And if we go on a five-game losing streak, its  okay...these games don't really matter much.


I am  okay with the Mets losing, and I love seeing great players playing great ball even if it is against the Mets.


For example, when Albert Pujols hit the grand slam in the top of the 10th inning to win a game against the Mets. It wasn't fun that we lost the game like that, and you can't exactly root for Albert Pujols to hit home runs against you, but it was fun to see him get four RBI, inching closer to maybe winning the triple crown.


I just see it like this: the season is over and there is nothing I can do about it.


And there are not many people I can blame.


Omar Minaya put together a great team on Opening Day for the Mets, but Jerry Manuel has lost all of his top players to injuries.


I guess we can blame the medical staff, but I don't know any of them, so it's hard to hate them.


All we can do is hope Minaya cleans house.


So as the season comes down to its last month-and-a-half, we Mets fans should relax, and take it easy.


Nothing to worry about, and not much we can do about it.


There is not much more baseball to enjoy this year, so get all you can out of what's left.


Who knows, it's never too late for the Mets to get their first no-hitter in franchise history. And with the great Johan Santana on our side, you never know when he may pitch the game of his life.


Let's watch the young Bobby Parnell grow and become a good baseball player. Daniel Murphy is always fun to watch. Maybe another Angel Pagan inside the park home run is on the way, and maybe another cycle is in the stars for the Mets.


Either way, enjoy what we have left, enjoy every pitch left in the season.


As they say, there is always next year!