In general, you can think of the start of hot April as lovely. True or not, if you’re motivated, you can always rely on baseball’s “need to play” because the season is long. Sure, it’s hard to dismiss a hot start from the Dodgers, but why even try? Just about anyone else, you can buy yourself some time away from the annoyance of their fan base when the team actually exists.
For the Mets, their fan base cries with enough frequency to kill critters, either way, for no more than three games. Either the season is over, or you can pre-order the pennant now on April 3rd (or 10th this year). The Mets exist to make a lot of noise for a short period of time, then fade into the background while the non-jokes play out for the really important stuff. Like when I explained the concept of European football relegation to my non-sports girlfriend and she said, “So…no Mets anymore?” It’s no accident.
That doesn’t appear to be the case this year.Not only did the Mets have one of MLB’s hottest starts at 19-9 — a 5.5-game lead in the NL East — but now they have ‘Baseball Magic’ wins Fans often use it as a barometer of how bad their chances of winning in the fall are. With wit:
Look, the Phillies bullpen leading with their defense blowing in the wind isn’t usually a story, but seven runs in Game 9 was obscene for them, too. But whether the Phillies are prone to this, you’ll hear about the Mets’ resurrection for a while on Thursday night.
On the one hand, this is still the Mets. It’s New York hate combined with an inferiority complex in many towns, considering they’re jealous of the other team in town. While the Mets have provided enough comedy over the years, it’s not enough to wipe out their general stench of the world. Javy Baez’s thumbs-down gesture from last year encapsulates their entire existence, a fanbase and team that would rather be elsewhere but would never admit that New York’s commitment wasn’t enough.
On the other hand, a quality Mets team can actually be the bane of other baseball games…but not in the usual Mets fashion. We know that every other owner of MLB — except the Dodgers, who have the right to not care what anyone else does — hates Steve Cohen’s guts. While Cohen would never be in the same zip code as a sympathetic figure, the resentment he caused in MLB offices and in boss boxes around the league was sure to be felt by any fan. Because Cohen was pretty much the only owner who should have acted, he did whatever it took to immediately send the winner.
Every win, every iconic moment, every Lindor home run, Scherzer strikeout, or Marte bat, every other fanbase comes closer to seriously asking, “Why can’t we do this?” For why There are no logical answers for so few, and Cohen and the Mets dance every day with those who don’t, and they’re at the top of the standings every day. Watching the Mets provide their fans with the kind of unbridled glee on Thursday, ask yourself how you can sleep at night, the Cubs and the Red Sox (I know, I know, except for a bunch of money…).
It’s hard to get used to this juxtaposition. The Mets are the story of baseball, and the uncontrollable vertigo of their fanbase that smells like bus seats should only be repulsive. But in fact, it emboldened those who ruined the game… well, life is never easy, is it?