Spring Training is always the time of year when every team feels they have a chance. Fans of each team concentrate on their strengths, and say, “hey, maybe this is our year.” As a Mets fan, I begin to get those thoughts once again, and then think, “Naaah.” It would probably take a miracle that would make the ’69 Mets look like the surest bet in the history of sports.
OK, maybe that’s hyperbole – but it certainly feels that way. That’s not to say there aren’t positives to look forward to this year.
Watching the progression of Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler is something to genuinely get excited about. Finding out if Travis d’Arnaud is truly the catcher of the future is worth watching. And of course, we can always wait for the next nutty statement by Fred Wilpon.
Don’t forget this year’s promotions, which include “Bark in the Park” and something called “Stitch N Pitch.” There ARE some cool bobbleheads being offered this year, though.
As for their on-field performance, it’s easy to be pessimistic, but with the Yankees aging, maybe they can begin to win back New York with their youth movement, even if they don’t win the division.
And baseball is closer than you think. The Mets will play the Nationals this Saturday, and it will be televised on the MLB Network. That’s definitely something to look forward to.