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Baseball Musings for Wednesday

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

On paper, the Mets are the clear favorites to win the National League.

 

Wait.

 

Did you hear that?

 

That was the sound of every Mets fan in the world simultaneously going, "Sssssshhhh!"

 

No Mets fan wants to hear that the Mets are favored to do anything. The natural state of the Mets fan is misery and pessimism. The history of the Mets franchise is one of crushing mediocrity and disappointment punctuated by occasional, surprising success. Even their greatest team was supposed to follow the glory of 1986 with more glory and ... didn't.

 

So, when somebody says the additions of Carlos Delgado and Billy Wagner to an already promising roster in a weak division make the Mets the favorites, the Mets fan thinks:

 

Jim Fregosi, Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Terry Pendleton, Mike Scioscia, Orel Hershiser, Juan Samuel, Bobby Bonilla, Vince Coleman, Kenny Rogers, Armando Benitez, Luis Sojo, Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar ...

 

We don't want to say the Mets' expectations are too high, because they're not. They do look very good. And being favored in the National League is like being favored to win a beauty pageant in which all of the other contestants are wild boars.

 

But history tells Mets fans to fear expectations like these.

 

When you're a Mets fan, you have to see it first.

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Baseball Musings for Wednesday

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

On paper, the Mets are the clear favorites to win the National League.

 

Wait.

 

Did you hear that?

 

That was the sound of every Mets fan in the world simultaneously going, "Sssssshhhh!"

 

No Mets fan wants to hear that the Mets are favored to do anything. The natural state of the Mets fan is misery and pessimism. The history of the Mets franchise is one of crushing mediocrity and disappointment punctuated by occasional, surprising success. Even their greatest team was supposed to follow the glory of 1986 with more glory and ... didn't.

 

So, when somebody says the additions of Carlos Delgado and Billy Wagner to an already promising roster in a weak division make the Mets the favorites, the Mets fan thinks:

 

Jim Fregosi, Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Terry Pendleton, Mike Scioscia, Orel Hershiser, Juan Samuel, Bobby Bonilla, Vince Coleman, Kenny Rogers, Armando Benitez, Luis Sojo, Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar ...

 

We don't want to say the Mets' expectations are too high, because they're not. They do look very good. And being favored in the National League is like being favored to win a beauty pageant in which all of the other contestants are wild boars.

 

But history tells Mets fans to fear expectations like these.

 

When you're a Mets fan, you have to see it first.

:clap: well said :clap:

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