It’s almost September 1st, the back pages are filled with the smiling faces of returning captain David Wright, the pumped up Daniel Murphy, the lovely locks of #48, Jacob deGrom. Most importantly though the back pages are filled with winning New York Mets baseball.
The Mets are a hot topic right now. New York sports radio, ESPN, MLB network, wherever you look, there they are being talked about and for once not in a joking manner. This team has arrived. They have taken over New York it seems, as they have surprised, exhilarated and rejuvenated a starving fan base. This team is for real.
When they are down, they are not truly down, and we are just wondering who and when the come back will be complete to win the game. When is the last time you could say there was such a confidence about this team?
Fans are still scared and rightfully so of a collapse that could possibly be ala 2007, 2008. These Mets though are not those Mets. This is a young team with the right amount of veterans mixed in to make an impact in the 2015 post-season. Let’s enjoy the ride, because it seems like its just getting started as we head into serious September baseball for the first time in almost a decade.
For the first time since 2009 the Boston Red Sox head to Citi Field to take on the New York Metropolitans.
The Red Sox may not be having the best year to say the least, as they sit in the cellar in the AL East in what has been a disappointing season for the team from bean town. Anytime the Red Sox come to town it brings a certain buzz to Queens. Of course first thought goes to 1986, Mookie Wilson, Billy Bucker etc…
Regardless of how the Red Sox have performed this year they still bring in a formidable team with plenty of threats. The Mets are riding high on an 8 game winning streak and hope to continue that success back over to Citi Field where a Dark Knight will rise once more as Matt Harvey (11-7, 2.57 ERA) is opposed by young gun, Henry Owens (2-1, 4.50 ERA)
Tonight’s line-up are as follows:
|1. Juan Lagares CF||1. Mookie Betts CF|
|2. Curtis Granderson RF||2. Pablo Sandoval 3B|
|3. Yoenis Cespedes LF||3. Xander Bogaerts SS|
|4. David Wright 3B||4. David Ortiz 1B|
|5. Michael Cuddyer 1B||5. Hanley Ramirez LF|
|6. Wilmer Flores 2B||6. Brock Holt 2B|
|7. Travis d’Arnaud C||7. Rusney Castillo RF|
|8. Ruben Tejada SS||8. Blake Swihart C|
|9. Matt Harvey RHP||9. Henry Owens LHP|
It’s very rare when one feels so confident in their team that no matter when their down and whatever inning it may be, you never feel out of a ballgame. This Mets team is as close to as always having that feeling right now.
This team exudes confidence, excitement and more than anything act like a team. The smiles, big hits, celebrations, this team is a team and always seem to pick each other up. At times they almost seem unstoppable, no deficit is to great and no loss carries over, they bounce back and continue on their winnings ways. This teams “no lose” attitude is incredible.
They are hungry, we are hungry, lets keep it going.
Let’s Go Mets!
Last night during the Phillies broadcast , the announcer for the Philadelphia team, Larry Anderson took issue with the “noise” the Mets fans make at away stadiums.
The exchange went as follows;
“I’ll take the Nationals fans over the Mets fans,” Andersen said on air.
“Why’s that?” Phils radio play-by-play man Scott Franzke asked.
“They’re just obnoxious,” Andersen said.
Sounds like a person just fed up with watching his own team get overrun by a passionate fan base. The Mets fans have been out in droves this year in away stadiums. Going as far as to be led by “The 7 Line army” into organized events at away ballparks. Fans have been chanting loud, and showing their appreciation for this Metropolitan ball club no matter where they have been playing and rightfully so, this team is legit.
Going back to the opinion of the Mets fan base being obnoxious, especially coming from a Philadelphia announcer seems to be a bit of a laughable thought upon itself. Philadelphia fans have a reputation of being some of the most obnoxious in sports today. Mets fans are just excited, and finally able to be proud again that they can go out to an away stadium and wear their Matt Harvey jersey with pride. It’s about time. As long as you are respectful, and aren’t out looking for a fight and just enjoying a ball game with a few “Let’s Go Mets” chants so be it, enjoy yourself and keep rooting for the “home” team.
Things in Queens have changed.
A year prior to now we were all sitting in despair as we watched another season dwindle down to nothing. We were all wondering of what could be and what should be but wasn’t. Sure there was some highlights with the man with the hair, Jacob deGrom providing an unexpected quick rise and earning 2014 NL ROY.
Here we are though in last third of the MLB season in first place atop the NL East. Sure only being four games ahead is anything but insurmountable. For those of us who have been through the previous attempts at playoff baseball from the dark years of 2007 and 2008, we know nothing is a given. That though is the past, and today is a new day. Today, this year in Queens was the start of a new era.
With what is one of the best pitching staff’s this franchise has ever seen this team has been quite a surprise. We all knew the potential was there but to really think this year here we are in first place with weeks to play and the division for the taking with a floundering Washington ball club. The time is now. The future is now. It’s time to win. It’s time to bring playoff baseball back to Queens and show Citi Field what Shea Stadium already has experienced. The fans are hungry, this city is hungry, the time is now. A new era has risen.