It could be called the winter of discontent for Mets fans. Many were frustrated every time another free agent signed elsewhere. But we did get Jason Bay and that's not too shabby. Omar Minaya and Jeff Wilpon were constantly getting battered in the media. Omar being incompetent and Jeff being a liar and a lousy chief of the Mets.
But that's all behind us now. Spring training has started. The first exhibition game is this Tuesday. Yes, baseball is back. It's finally time to focus on the field. Who will and won't make the opening day 25 man roster?
Let's take a look at what's happening down in Port St. Lucie. Pitchers and catchers had reported last Thursday February 18th. Many others reported at that time too ahead of schedule. Carlos Beltran arrived to help support the team even though he will only be rehabbing his knee.
Morale is starting out very high. Johan Santana has claimed to be perfectly healthy after his off season elbow surgery. He quickly announced himself to be the best pitcher in the NL East. Mike Pelfrey and Oliver Perez are "in the best shape" of their lives. Hopefully that will translate into effective pitching. John Maine is also healthy for the first time since 2007. They all seem very eager to prove themselves.
Mets players seem to have a new energy and excitement. They seem pumped and have the energy of rookies. David Wright of course, wants desperately to rebound from last year's power outage. Jason Bay seems ready to lead by example. Jeff Francoeur has that perennial smile. He is planning on being a real force and impact player. How can you not root for him.
Mets fans can't even remember what it was like when Jose Reyes was healthy. But Reyes is healthy and seems giddy to be back on the field. As Jose goes, so goes the Mets. And if he is indeed back at full strength, the Mets should do well. It will be such a refreshing change from the disaster on the field last year.
Mets fans need to support their team, not booing at every failure. And no more negativity about our owners and GM. We fans will be focused on the field. Hopefully our second season at Citifield will be one for the record books.