Does anyone other than the couple hundred fans in the empty confines of Citi Field actually care about the remaining eight games of this 2012 MLB season? Can any of us legitimately remember the euphoria of Johan Santana pitching the first no-hitter in the New York Mets‘ jaded 50+ years existence on June 1? Can you tell me the last time you thought of Jordanny Valdespin, his five pinch hit HRs and the way he sparked this team in the first half?
I can tell you this, Mets fans. I do remember the feeling when Santana threw his arms up, and the happiness I finally felt for finally being able to witness this feat that has eluded me as a fan for the past 30 years. But, honestly, that and all the other wonderful feelings about that day left my being when I went to Citi Field on Aug. 11th and watched Santana get shelled for 8ERs and 8H in only 1.1IP against the Atlanta Braves. That no-hitter was the crux that began this downslide for not only Santana, but the Mets as a team.
So what good are individual stats, as David Wright just found out while tying Ed Kranepool for the Mets all-time hits record at 1,418? The only thing that accentuates is the fact that most Mets players do not stick around long enough to become franchise cornerstones. That happens only in the Bronx, not in Flushing. Kranepool was a good player, but not a great one, and he stayed around just a little longer than most–so has Wright.
What good is it if R.A. Dickey wins his last two starts and finishes with 21 wins and receives the Cy Young award? Personal accomplishments are good when you have a team that is winning. They are good when you have a culture of striving to be the best and playing hard day in and day out without reproach. They have that in the Bronx also. So, as these personal accomplishments are being handed out and the team fades into October and the start of their offseason, just ask yourself this one question. How am I really feeling this winter when I look back at the no-no, the team hits lead and the Cy Young award?
For me, I will always be a Mets fans and continue to believe that something will give with the ownership and the culture can change. I love the fact that certain individuals stood out this year in order to give the fans a belief that it can always get better in Queens. But I can not, after witnessing another sub-.500 season, sit here and lie to you that these accomplishments were worth it to carry me over until 2013 and beyond.
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