THE NEW YORK METS ARE UNDER MY SKIN

Now that we have the holidays out of the way, we can now look forward to spring training for what should be quite the interesting Mets season.

Eric Simon of Amazin’ Avenue had an interesting post today on how bad will the Mets be in 2012? Of course the number one item on his list of things that will impact the season is the Skill Sets financial situation, something that will most likely overshadow what goes on, on the field but Simon also touches on the health and availability of Johan Santana, the hitting of Jason Bay and David Wright and where the offensive production lost from Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes will come from.

So my question to you my loyal readers, what is your expectation for the Mets this coming season? What is a realistic expectation of this team and what will be their standing in the NL East, a division that could be up for grabs if the reports of Prince Fielder signing with Washington are true. Can you see anything short of a last place finish in the division? Right now, I can’t.

Where do you see Johan Santana this season? For me, I’d be surprised if we see Santana pitch for the Mets before June.

What to do with David Wright? Wright is not a player, right now that could realistically bring back a treasure trove of young talent but what if he is invigorated by good health and more friendly dimensions of Citi Field and puts up a .300/.380/.500 line with 15-17 HR’s and 75-80 + RBI by the All-Star break, do you keep him and hope a new owner comes in with cash to re-sign him or is the lure of young robust baseball players to tempting to turn down in a trade?  I’m still undecided on this one but I am leaning towards a deal if the Mets get back a blue ribbon prospect or a young Major Leaguer under club control.

When I go to opening day at Citi Field, who else will be there? If you are a true blue Mets fan and having been going to Mets games your whole life I can’t see how now you decide to sit this season out. No one has a right to tell you how to spend your time or money but as Boggy said, “a hot dog at a ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz”. So true, I mean today when I left for work I had on a sweater, coat, scarf and wool hat. You know what? That sucks. I want to wear shorts and t-shirt and have a scorecard in my hand. I have made peace with myself that the Mets will not be very good this season to the point that 100 losses would not shock me. However, there is still a part of me that small sliver of Mets fan naivete` that still has me holding out hope that this season could be full of surprises and I want to be there to enjoy them.  I know all the die-hards will be out at Citi Field on Thursday April 5th at 1:10PM, will you be there? If not tell me why not?

It’s funny the other teams I root for in other sports are playing at a level where they are contenders for championships in their respective leagues but it’s the Mets that are on my mind the most  and my biggest concern. Crazy shit eh?

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  1. I will not be there on opening day because it is Holy Thursday.

  2. Totally feel u re other sports. It’s insane how much I love the Nets.

  3. Argggh, stupid auto correct. M E T S.

  4. kranepool says:

    Maybe we can hold Holy Thursday service in the Acela Club Mr. Met would make a fine alter boy

  5. I don’t understand how a real Mets fan cannot be at least a little intrigued by this season. It is so aggravating to read the whining and complaining on other blogs. Putting the W/L record aside, there are story lines to be had this season. Its baseball!

    If I weren’t in school upstate I would be there.

  6. I’ll probably be there. it’s a four hour drive and opening day weather is always a crap shoot…but what the hell. But then, I’ll already have seen three or four games in PSL by then. I’m hopeless!

  7. Mikey boy324 says:

    I’ll take losing every single game this year if it means the coupons sell the team…

  8. I have zero expectations. With their pitching, even if Santana gives them anything, they will win 85 games max, if everything broke perfectly. I will still root, but don’t expect anything but hustle.

    Sell Fred, sell.

  9. I will be at games also and definitely watching on SNY and listening on the FAN. As much as I am annoyed by the Skill Sets I love the mets and more importantly it is a thing that I enjoy with my son as well as my father and sister. The mets are a huge part of our family and as hard as the Skill Sets, et al try, they will not ruin it for us.

  10. I’ll be there, Steve. See you on the bridge at around 12. I renew my tickets every year without a second thought-it’s part of who I am.

  11. John Smith says:

    I will be there for Opening day.Mets sales rep was good with my 15 day plan.Santana probably by June with no more than 5 innings per game.Mets will suprise with 85 wins

  12. M Donald Minaya says:

    “When I go to opening day at Citi Field, who else will be there? If you are a true blue Mets fan and having been going to Mets games your whole life I can’t see how now you decide to sit this season out. No one has a right to tell you how to spend your time or money but as Boggy said, “a hot dog at a ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz”. So true, I mean today when I left for work I had on a sweater, coat, scarf and wool hat. You know what? That sucks. I want to wear shorts and t-shirt and have a scorecard in my hand. I have made peace with myself that the Mets will not be very good this season to the point that 100 losses would not shock me. However, there is still a part of me that small sliver of Mets fan naivete` that still has me holding out hope that this season could be full of surprises and I want to be there to enjoy them. I know all the die-hards will be out at Citi Field on Thursday April 5th at 1:10PM, will you be there? If not tell me why not?”

    You know “women who love too much?” The ones who stay with a man who beats them but finally get the courage to leave one day? No one questions them when they leave.

    You and other Met fans who think the way you do are Met fans who love too much. It’s time to turn your back on this team for THE LONG TERM GOOD. I have been saying for years that influential bloggers like you who push the “loyal no matter what” argument do long-term damage to the franchise. The Wilpons really on saps to come out and pay big dollars for the crap they put on the field and the HORRIFIC in-game experience, with the garish outfield walls and the incessant noise, generously described as “music”, which panders to the A.D.D fans who insist on constant enterainment and stimulation.

    So, Fred and Jeff are shopping online right now for great deals on new, white wife-beaters to don in February. They’re going to slap you with an open hand and then progress to a coat hanger across the back by July and they know you’ll say “thank you sir, may I have another.”

    You’re ruining it for all Met fans. STAY AWAY. Don’t give money to Fred. Force him to sell, then talk to me about going out to New Shea. This isn’t 1978 – you can’t get a full day at the park, complete with beers and a program, for $25. Back then I could put up with the bad teams. Those days are over.

    Stop loving to much. If you want to fix the Mets, turn your back on them now. To paraphrase Bud Fox in Wall St.: “there’s no nobility in blind loyalty anymore.”

  13. Fairfaxer says:

    The Mets are currently in a rut that will prove to be as bleak as the years 1977-82 (at least in ’83 Keith H and Strawberry arrived and the losses they piled up were more competitive). It will last as long as the Wilpons are allowed to maintain possession of a team they could never really afford to own.

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