Mets Are Growing the Playoff Beards: They Believe in Themselves

Wendy AdairAnalyst IJuly 29, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 12:  Mike Pelfrey #34 of the New York Mets pitches against the Cincinnati Reds on July 12, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Mets are battling their way back into postseason contention, they have a four-game win streak and are currently playing the best baseball now that they have all season.

This group is persevering through injuries to key players and front office drama, but is determined to give it all they have for the remainder of the season.

Mike Pelfrey, Brian Schneider, Omir Santos, David Wright, Alex Cora, Angel Pagan, Jeff Francouer, and some others are growing their facial hairs and this will continue until they break back over the .500 mark.

Back in 2007, at David Wright's initiation, the Mets shaved their heads in a gesture of unity and the Mets went on to have an incredible stretch of great baseball that lasted almost two months.

At the time, the manager was Willie Randolph who was strict with the team enforcing that facial hair is to be minimum and noise in the clubhouse was to be kept to practically non existent.

Current manager Jerry Manuel does not care how his players look, only how they contribute and seems to sincerely appreciate their energy.

Some of the injured may be returning in the next few weeks, but one thing is for sure, this current team of Mets are a united team and should be commended for their spirit.

Jeff Francouer and David Wright are teaming up to show the world that they are serious about playing hard and winning but are having fun in the process.

Even though Francouer is new to the team, he has been an incredible positive influence both in the clubhouse with his enthusiasm and with his bat in the lineup.

Let the Playoff Beards Grow guys, YA GOTTA BELIEVE!!


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