Now that we’re at the close of another bitterly disappointing season, I think it’s time we Mets fans realize that we’re not really entitled to miracles. We’ve had our four or so miracles throughout the years. But for some reason, while other fans hope for miracles, we always expect them.
And I think that’s the crux of our problem. I think this may be why we take it so hard when we fall short. We feel betrayed by our prayers. How many other teams’ fans get so suicidal when they fall short? I don’t believe that even Cubs fans get so depressed. The difference between Cubs fans and Mets fans is that although we both always expect disappointment, we Mets fans still believe that miracles are around the corner.
We go into every season with more than just hope — we somehow always expect that although we’ll be bitterly disappointed during the course of the season, we’ll still be saved by some incredible, last-ditch act of heaven, and that we’ll somehow be bathing in the glow of smiling deities.
Face it, folks. We’re no different than any other team. We’ve had some remarkable luck — more than our fair share, but the only thing that’ll get us back to a championship is good pitching, hitting, fielding, and fundamentals.
We’re not that special, and I think one of the main reasons other teams get so much satisfaction in beating us is because of our sense of entitlement.
If there’s any lesson we should learn from the past few years, it’s this: our team is mortal, they have to work just as hard as any other team, and no one can save them but themselves.
I’m hoping that if we do win again in the near future (if again in our lifetimes), it isn’t caused by what could be perceived as divine intervention.
I can agree with you about the Mets because we have come to expect too much and this team is a microcosim of what is happening to our country with excess greed and expectations running wild.
“How many other teamsâ€™ fans get so suicidal when they fall short?”
Red Sox & Patriots fans riot and flip cars when their teams lose.
Then again, they riot and flip cars when their teams win. So maybe New Englanders are just always suicidal.
As a Boston fan, I always believed there was no curse. Good pitching and coaching was always the problem here.
The Mets just need to put together a staff with 3 excellent starters and not a bunch of old broken parts. They can’t continue to go after guys who are past their prime or injury prone…Glavine and Pedro come to mind. The Red Sox trap was always grabbing the best free agent available instead of waiting for the right year in which a true #1 is available. I feel the Mets have fallen into this trap as of late. Once they pick up that second #1, instead of the #1 guy available on the FA market, they will have something. Is it the Mets and not the Sox that now have Yankee envy? Just a thought!
Are we nuts in New England? Absolutely! We had so many disappointments and no second team (s) to fall back on. Plus, what sane group of people dumps tea in a harbor & drives the streets in boats? 🙂
Flip cars? I don’t believe those were even native Bostonian’s / real fans. Just college students looking for a simple excuse to justify violence. My bet is that we will see that in Tampa or Philly in a few days!
Peace, from a place that still can’t believe and fully enjoy what it’s sports teams have been able to do over the last few years!