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Long offseason for the Mets — and their fans.

March 29, 2010

It all started (or should I say, ended) on June 12, 2010, on the enemy ground of the new Yankee Stadium. It was the first game of the annual cross-town rivalry between the Mets and the Yankees, better known as the Subway Series. The Mets seemed poised to win, entering the 9th inning with an 8-7 lead. It was only fitting that the game would come down to K-Rod vs. A-Rod with the game-winning run on base for the Yankees. K-Rod delivered the 3-1 fastball right down the middle, and proceeded with an emphatic fist pump into the warm summer air when A-Rod popped it up. Mets win, right? Only Luis Castillo drops the ball. Derek Jeter scores. Here comes Mark Teixera all the way from first, and he scores. Yankees win 9-8. The crowd goes wild in disbelief at the series of events that just happened before their eyes. Even the commentators are in a state of shock. The whole world seems to be in a state of blissful disarray, except the quiet Mets fans who hang their heads and walk away, as if they knew that was going to happen.

How typical.

The truth is, this kind of heartbreak is far too common with Met fans. Take for example, the epic September collapses in 2007 and 2008, or the 2006 NLCS when the Mets were a base hit away from the World Series. Yet, for some inexplicable reason, we keep expecting more from this team. After all, ya gotta believe, right?

What made that Subway Series loss to the Yankees so bad, however, was that it would prove to be an omen of things to come. The Mets responded by falling flat on their faces by missing the playoffs and losing a gazillion games. The Yankees went on to dominate in the playoffs and make light work of the Phillies in the World Series, winning their twenty seventh championship. Yeah yeah yeah. And that’s when I, and I’m willing to bet every other Met fan, knew that this was going to be a long offseason.

The worst part was probably having to deal with all the Yankee fans. It’s nearly impossible to have a logical conversation with a Yankee fan without their sudden burst of, “Oh yeah? Well we have 27 rings! How many do you have again?” The difference is, though, it was no longer old news. The Yankees had just won a championship, how can we respond?

Watching the Mets stand still and barely make any progressive moves this offseason was almost just as bad. Sure, they added Jason Bay, but at the same time they gave up Carlos Delgado, J.J. Putz, and several other big name talents. Though it’s hard to say that they’ve gotten much worse than last year, it’s even harder to say that they’ve gotten better.

So here we are, a week away from the beginning of a new season. Once again, Mets fans are hoping. Who knows. Maybe, just maybe, things are going to be different this time around. Maybe the Mets will manage to blow less than 10 saves this season. Maybe our star players will manage to stay healthy for more than a third of the season. Maybe the won’t blow another 10 game lead to the Phillies in September. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll have a better season than the Yankees and make the playoffs for once.

Ahh who are we kidding. I can’t wait to do this rant all over again when this season is over =D