When the Mets moved into their brand new stadium this past spring, there was an incredible sense of a clean slate and great things were expected for this team.
Putting the last two Septembers behind them has been accomplished only because of the horrendous injury situation that gets worse by the day.
My husband and I were at Shea Stadium last September when Tom Seaver and Mike Piazza closed the gate and the memories, both good and bad, were going to be kept behind those doors.
Offseason transactions were the biggest headlines, but the anticipation of sending 16 players to participate in the WBC in March was also on our minds.
I am not saying that one has anything to do with the other, but you do have to admit that the Mets' injuries this year are above and beyond anything that as fans we can wrap our heads around or can accept as another September looms on the near horizon.
During this last 10-game homestand the Mets have lost David Wright to a concussion, and now Jeff Francoeur is being examined for damage to his thumb which he injured making a terrific diving play in yesterday's game.
The roster is due to expand on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and the Mets are anticipating that Wright, Putz, and possibly Beltran will return to the lineup once they prove that they are rehabbed from their injuries.
As bad and depressing as the past two Septembers were, they pale in comparison to the Mets being currently 15+ games out of first place behind the reigning World Series Champion Phillies and having all starters except Luis Castillo being lost to injuries.
While it is easy for fans to say "at least we don't have to worry about another collapse," I do not believe that to be the primary reason for not being able to watch the team currently on the field.
No disrespect is intended to those who are out there battling each day; they are giving it their all. I don't believe that they want to lose the remaining games, even though some fans do seem convinced to the contrary.
The Mets did have both good and bad memories at Shea Stadium: postseason play, World Championships, and other incredible milestones that Citi Field may not see for quite some time.
Citi Field is beautiful, no question, but so far there is not much reason for optimism that a World Series Champion flag will fly there in the near future.