Is there a more powerful drug than the one of "denial?"
Forget alcohol, hard drugs, caffeine, nicotine, dairy...denial takes the cake, hands down (oh yeah, sugar is another one).
I am talking about me, as a Mets fan. Actually, come to think of it, Joe D hit the nail on the head when he talks about the "typical Mets fan" today, about how there are about 70% of us who are giddy with wins but take losses in stride. Opti-Mets make everyone feel like they are not doing "enough" and pessi-Mets only seem happy when the Mets are losing. I can't say I have 100% "Metitude" all the time, as one Tweeter calls it, but I can say that I am part of the typical forum with borderline positive tendencies.
That said, I don't want to be one of those fans who is calling for football season, as my friend Steve over at Kranepool Society has already done today. Well, maybe hockey season. But definitely not football season. However, it's hard to be positive these days. We manage but...I'm just trying not to end up in the insane asylum before October 3.
We lost our "star closer" (who has blown seemingly every save situation I've seen on the road this year) for the season due to not just a freak injury, but one in which he inflicted upon himself while committing assault against his kids' grandfather (not to mention in front of his teammates' families). Before anyone tells me "Oh plenty of closers give their fans heart attacks," well tell that one to the judge. The Mets can take star closers and turn them into shyte. I think Mr. E put it best when he said, "What a stupid fucking idiot. This can only happen 2 Mets." (I should mention this was in text format and well...the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree I guess). By the way, if you want a good read, head to Remembering Shea and see what DyHrdMet has to say about this chain of events and how the Mets are handling the K-Rod situation. I have to say, if there is a possible way to agree with someone 900%, I would do that to this article now.
But I'm still in denial. I deny that the Mets are in long-term trouble. Well. I guess I have acknowledged there's a problem in there since I am promoting a Great CitiField Sit Out (BE SOMEWHERE ELSE on August 25 vs the Marlins).
I am hoping to initiate some change at the grassroots level to not have the fans show up. What does this prove? Well, that baseball isn't all about the money. Haven't the Mets proved that spending top dollar doesn't exactly bring you the best team? Heck, even fans know that spending all that money doesn't mean you'll have a great time or a great experience.
Next, if you haven't already, please participate in the poll to the right of this column, regarding Howard Megdal's Mets General Manager campaign. Some of my friends on Brooklyn Met Fan, some of the most passionate and knowledgeable I have ever met, are cynical, about having "two bad candidates" (meaning Omar Minaya and/or Howard Megdal). But you see, this is why we need to rock the vote. Just because Howard Megdal isn't the guy you want to run the team, you can also use this as a forum to say what kind of changes you are looking for.
So denial can be powerful. However, once you hit rock bottom in your river of it, change can be initiated.
I can't be too much in denial with the trainwreck of a season. After all, the Other Half and I were discussing this season and reasons for this downfall. It's more than management. It's more than the bats not being turned on. It's more than the bullpen falling apart every now and then. It's not about Ho-Jo, Jerry Manuel or Omar Minaya. It's not even about Frankie, Beltran or anyone else.
But what is causing this general malaise? TOH says that it's a leadership issue, that no one will call the team out. I say, this is a multiple system failure and the only bright spot from this is that the pitching has been stellar.
That said...2007, 2008 and even 2009 were easy to figure out. This year is not the worst team money can buy, but certainly the most underachieving, unlikable, unmotivated and disappointing team.