New York Mets: Let The Haters Hate
Ever since Adam Wainwright struck out Carlos Beltran in Game Six of the 2006 NLCS things haven't been so good for the Mets. Despite many big name trades and signings, those players haven't got the Mets to the playoffs.
2007 was the beginning of a dreadful period of time for the Mets. The Mets were cruising in the NL East. It looked like the team was determined to get back to the playoffs and possibly reach the World Series this time. That is not how it worked out.
The Mets found a way to blow a comfortable lead in the last weeks of the season. They stumbled and the Phillies lucked out and stole their playoff spot. The Mets collapsed.
The Mets and their fans were embarrassed to show their faces. It was a horrible time for the Mets, and things would only get worse. At that time it was hard to imagine how things could get worse, 2007 hit all Mets fans so hard.
The Phillies went on to the playoffs and got dispatched quickly in the NLDS. The Mets should've been there, but they screwed up. The Mets went out and got Johan Santana in the offseason of 2007.
The 2008 team was looking very good but it wasn't going to be easy. The Phillies also looked very good and a rivalry was renewed. Debates of whether the Mets would bounce back were going on all over New York.
Some people believed they could but some didn't put their trust into the team. The Mets had an up and down season but found themselves in the driver's seat in September.
The Mets were already gearing up for the playoffs, they installed the extra seats behind home plate for the playoffs. The Mets later found out that they didn't really need those seats. They stumbled at the end of the season and the Phillies took the division again.
The Mets and their fans were left stunned for the third straight season. The Phillies actually made something of their lucky playoff appearance in 2008. They went on to beat the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series. There was a new powerhouse in the NL East.
The Mets went out that offseason and quickly fixed up the bullpen for the 2009 season. Frankie Rodriguez and JJ Putz both made their way to Queens. It looked like the Mets were going to have one of the best bullpens in the bigs.
While the Mets were gearing up for the 2009 season people began making their predictions for the upcoming season. What surprised a lot of Mets fans were that outsiders still believed in them.
After two very rough seasons people were still picking the New York Mets to place first in the NL East above the defending champions Philadelphia Phillies. Sports Illustrated even picked the Mets to win the World Series. I was very surprised to see the respect the Mets were getting.
Mets fans believed in the Mets but they weren't the only ones. Expectations were once again high for the Mets. 2009 was a new season and the Mets looked really good. No one would've predicted that the Mets would lose 90 games.
2009 was a huge mess. Players were dropping like flies and the bullpen wasn't really performing up to par. JJ Putz got injured and the Mets were without there great 1-2 punch in the pen for the rest of the season. Superstars Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, David Wright, and even Johan Santana all had lengthy stays on the DL in 2009.
Nothing worked out as planned and the Mets finished in fourth ahead of the Nationals. The fans were furious and the organization looked to be doomed. The Mets' biggest rivals both made it to the World Series. It was the perfect torture for the Mets' players and the fans.
The New York Yankees played the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 World Series. Many Mets fans decided to live under a rock until the World Series was over. It was torture for us fans. Debates of who Mets fans should root for were everywhere. Yankees or Phillies?
We hated both of them with a burning passion. The Yankees went on to win the World Series and totally recaptured New York as their city. The Mets lost all of their respect and things were looking horrible.
The offseason really wasn't as successful as years past, they were letting players slip through their hands every day. They lacked a big move until they signed Jason Bay. Mets fans had renewed hope, a healthy team with Jason Bay in the lineup was looking nice.
We were putting the dreadful 2009 season behind us, everybody was healthy and ready for 2010. Not really, the Mets fans got shocked once again. Carlos Beltran had gotten surgery without the team's permission and he was going miss the start of the season.
It was unbelievable, things were actually getting worse. The injury bug had already hit the Mets and the season hasn't even started. Now we find ourselves in Spring Training and the baseball season is just around the corner.
Jose Reyes was a huge loss for the Mets last year, spent most of the season on the DL and he was deeply missed. His rehab was going great and he was running without any pain. Just seeing Reyes running and fielding put a smile on every Mets fan's face.
Not so fast, Reyes has a thyroid problem. He's in New York now taking blood test and Mets fans are praying that he is alright. I'm not too upset though. This problem doesn't look like it will keep Reyes from starting on Opening Day. He should be back on the field in around a week.
You gotta feel for Reyes though. Things have been so tough for him, all he wants to do is play and help the Mets. He keeps hitting these pesky setbacks and everybody just wants to see him back on the field and joking around. I think that we will see Reyes in the lineup on Opening Day and he will be successful in the third spot.
There are also a couple of other injury's for the Mets before the season even started. The Mets signed Kelvim Escobar this offseason to be their setup man. He's been having injury problems for the past couple of years and his problems are continuing. It doesn't look like he will be ready for Opening Day.
All of these early problems are making the Mets look like a joke. Baseball "experts" are all taking shots at the Mets. As a Mets fan it really hurts. You hear these "jokes" and it feels like a punch straight to the gut for us Mets fans. All we want is a healthy team that can compete.
That seems like a lot to ask for though, nothing comes easy for a Mets fan. We can be angry and upset but we are trying our best to be optimistic. No matter how hard it is to believe in the Mets, Mets fans find a way too.
If the Mets can stay healthy and have solid pitching behind Johan Santana I see them doing pretty good. Maybe even making the playoffs. I see all of these people "hating" on the Mets and I can only hope that they are motivating the Mets.
The Mets are used to being the underdogs and the play that role well. So, we're going to let the haters hate and just do our thing. At this point all you can do is hope for the best for your team.
I can't wait to see the Mets shut all these "experts" up and surprise the baseball world. They will surprise everybody but us Mets fans, because we believe in our Mets.
After all, "Ya Gotta Believe" is the Mets motto. Mets fans are going to believe and let the haters hate. They'll be the ones looking funny, "Believe" it.
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