It was a rough weekend to say the least. The Mets dropped two of three against the Phillies a team they should have easily steam rolled to get this season started with a bang. The only bright side was that Cespedes finally delivered his first home run of the season for fans who were already petitioning to have him crucified. This all may seem extreme just five games into the season, but hey, it’s baseball, and more importantly, it’s New York baseball. It’s a tough place to play. Fans will go from adoring you, to asking for your head with just one swing of the bat. Fortunately Cespedes redeemed himself a bit, but Mets fans in general are very on edge with the teams 2-3 start. There’s a reason New York was named “The Big Apple” and not “The City of Brotherly Love” New Yorkers love to win. And after having a taste of all that success last season, Mets fans aren’t about to put that all behind them. They want wins and they want them now.
That being said, it is only April 11th. But I get it. No one wants to fall too far behind the Nats and their human rooster Bryce Harper. At the same time, New Yorkers are terrible at being patient. The phrase “good things come to those who wait” is not one New York sports fans are fond of. It’s more like “good things come to those who grab it by the throat.” Mets fans have done their waiting. 30 years of waiting. (True, not as long as the Cubs, but still.)
Now if I may, allow me to jump over to the other side of the East. The O’s are 5-0. Yet another team I genuinely enjoy and wish success upon. The O’s were my pick in pre-season to do something big this year. No one expected them. Everyone picked Boston or the Jays, which I can understand. But I had a gut feeling about the birds in the off season. My love for them comes easy on top of everything else considering they’re also the Nats crosstown rivals. The Mets to their Yankees. (I guess technically the Nats would be the Mets in this situation because they haven’t been around as long, but you get what I’m saying.) Everyone was concerned about the O’s in spring training because at one point their record was something like 0-8. Just another example of how Spring Training should not be the thing that fans hang their hopes on.
All this being said, it’s still early. No one picked the Mets to even win the division last year and they went all the way to the World Series. That’s just one of the great things about baseball. Almost anything and everything will happen by the time we get to September.