The New York Mets are approaching Washington Nationals territory; a land experienced by so few in professional baseball, that road maps to find your way out are unavailable in the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet.
With the Mets standing 16.5 games out of first place in the National League East, and 13 out of the Wild Card standings, it's safe to say their season is over, barring they show up the Miracle Mets on the 40th Anniversary of that Championship season.
As if losing starters like Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado, and Carlos Beltran to injury wasn't enough, the Mets continually find a new way to dig their hole deeper. Be it a General Manager who picks fights with reporters, or a front office staffer going after a Minor Leaguer, the Mets have unleashed a wave of negative Karma on the franchise.
The latest news: Jeff Francoeur is day-to-day after an MRI revealed structural damage in a finger and Johan Santana has been scratched from his start tomorrow against the Florida Marlins.
What has caused this negative karma to be unleashed in Flushing? Here are my top 10 possibilities:
10) CitiField. Even those of us who don't cheer for the blue and orange know the new stadium's name shouldn't have changed, and the ghost of William Shea wields a heavy gavel.
9) Front Office staffers also beat up school children for lunch money from the construction site's caterer.
8) The Ancient Native American Burial Grounds that once were covered by an asphalt parking lot were not pleased when leaky car oil was replaced by a corporate money pit.
7) Was Fred Wilpon more involved with Bernard Madoff than we thought?
6) The Curse of Endy Chavez—after that catch (NLCS, Game 7, vs. Cardinals), no Met seems to let balls stay in their glove (see Luis Castillo drop vs. Yanks, Daniel Murphy v. Marlins)
5) Firing Willie Randolph does not seem so smart in retrospect, does it? I bet you didn't know he was a master of magical healing...
4) The Curse of Pedro—enough said.
3) It's actually not bad karma, the front office wanted to spare fans the emotional roller coaster of losing a playoff berth at the hands of the Marlins on the last day of the season (again).
2) Without steriods, those players don't seem to heal as quick, huh?
1) Bud Selig's latest twist on revenue sharing requires top teams to disable All Stars for the majority of the season, thus garnering more attention to low-revenue teams.