Via J.P. Morosi -
[Carlos] Beltran arrived in New York after the 2004 season along with future Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, as the Mets made a resounding statement about their intentions to spend money and win championships. Now, the Mets are viewed as a possible last-place team in the National League East after lopping roughly $50 million from their payroll since this time last year.
“I think they’re going in a different direction,” Beltran said. “You have to be a little frustrated for the fans, knowing probably the team isn’t going to be what the fans really want to see out there. But at the end of the day, they have prospects, players who are going to be good one day. But when that day’s going to be, only God knows.”
I recently heard a caller on WFAN say that you could still buy tickets to the Mets home opener this year – whereas, in years past, fans would wait on line for hours for the chance to try and get what few tickets were left.
And, I thought to myself – is that such a bad thing?
Is there much difference between your team winning 75 games and not making the post-season and your team winning 95 games and getting knocked out in the first round of the playoffs? Neither team wins a World Series ring. And, there’s maybe 3 or 4 times a month, on average, where you’re watching the 75-win team lose a game that the 95-win team would have won. Isn’t that worth the trade-off of being able to get tickets to games without having to pay more than face value and for being able to see games in person with the place not being packed?
Don’t get me wrong – it’s great to be at a packed ballpark on Opening Day or during the post-season. But, there’s something else to be said about watching a game and maybe being able to stretch out your legs or not having some drunk sitting on top of you.
The Mets may be a lemon – but, they also could make some sweet limonada for their fans this season too.
(And, yeah, I know, the Los Mets thing went out the window with Omar. I just need to get over that.)