One Game Makes a Season

My good friend and MetsToday reader Dennis — who has been watching the Mets at Shea since the 1960s — made a fitting comment back in June about today’s Mets fan (and the media coverage), in contrast to the “old days”:

It’s as if an entire season is played in one game

In other words, we as Mets fans treat nearly every single game as if it were an entire season — we are ecstatic after every win, crushed after every loss. Further, we analyze nearly every pitch of the game with a sharp, critical eye — then blog about it for the next 24 hours — because we react as though the success of the entire 162-season depends on that one contest.

How many of us were “on the ledge” when the Mets began the season 2-4, mired in last place, after the initial six contests? How many of us wrote off the season in mid-June, both prior to and after Willie Randolph’s dismissal?

Ironically, today Dennis’ description rings only too true: the Mets are playing an entire season in one game — their fate DOES in fact depend on the outcome of one, single game.

Let’s go Mets!

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. sincekindergarten September 28, 2008 at 2:51 pm
    Now that the starters are gone, and Luis Gonzalez has grounded out to start the seventh, my nails are gonna be gone if this one goes too long.
  2. joe September 28, 2008 at 3:20 pm
    we’re over at if you want to nailbite with us