Where's a Good Late Season Collapse When You Need One ?

Lou CappettaAnalyst IISeptember 14, 2009

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28:  A fan looks on at the end of the game during the last regular season baseball game ever played in Shea Stadium featuring the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins on September 28, 2008 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets plan to start next season at their new stadium Citi Field after playing in Shea for over 44 years.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

It's hard to believe that it's already mid-September.

School has started, college and pro football games have begun, and before you know it, the trees will be leaf-less and it will be time to carve some turkey.

While much of the sports coverage begins to shift this time of year to the beginning of football season, there is still plenty of great baseball left during this final month to satisfy even the most die-hard baseball fan. Unless, of course, you're a fan of the New York Mets.

Indeed it's been a long, agonizing summer for the Flushing faithful. Mets fans have had to deal with numerous issues in 2009 that would test any fan's loyalty. There's been injuries on top of injuries, poor defense, silly base-running blunders, Oliver Perez, embarrassing moments from almost every high ranking team official, and a six week stretch of meaningless baseball games to close out the season.

If you're a Mets fan who doesn't watch football, you're pretty much screwed.

Where's a good late season collapse when you really need it?

It may sound crazy, but the past two season Mets fans have been able to watch some great, exciting baseball for all 162 games. Sure neither season ended in the Mets favor, but at least the team had a shot, unlike this year.

Take a second to think about it. The Mets played the Phillies this weekend, in Philadelphia. After losing Friday night's game 4-2, the Mets played a great game behind a Carlos Beltran home run, a two homer, six RBI performance from David Wright, and another blown save by the Phillies pen for a 10-9 victory.

The past two seasons, a game like that would have made Mets fans crazy with excitement. This season, however, it barely made a ripple on the New York sports scene, buried between Derek Jeter passing Lou Gehrig on the Yankees hit list and the upcoming Jets and Giants season openers.

Last September, Mets fans were watching Carlos Beltran carry the team offensively, and Johan Santana demand the ball on short rest to save the Mets from playoff elimination.

This season, Mets fans are basically watching Carlos Beltran rehab his injuries at the Major League level, and Pat Misch make his case for a spot in the 2010 starting rotation. What would you rather see, especially since both end results are the same...no playoffs for the Mets.

This has been a terrible season, with the Mets being unwatchable since as far back as the All Star break. All of a sudden, 2007 and 2008 don't look so bad.


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