Link Roundup: Tempered Optimism

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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.

If nothing else, we can all rest easy knowing that Jenrry Mejia is who he says he is.  That’s not a surprise – if you were to make up a name, would you choose “Jenrry?”

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.



Paul is a freelance writer, blogger, and broadcast technology professional residing in Denver. A New Jersey native, he is a long-suffering Mets fan, a recently-happy Giants fan, and bewildered Islanders fan. He's also a fair-weather Avalanche and Rockies supporter. In his spare time, he enjoys the three Gs: Golf, Guitars, and Games.
  1. Dan B February 21, 2013 at 6:46 pm
    Hey Joe, how about recording everybody’s 2013 prediction for Met wins? We can check them out at the allstar break and season’s end.
    • Joe Janish February 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm
      Good idea!

      What do you think – should we do it now or at the end of spring training?

  2. Dan B February 22, 2013 at 12:19 am
    I vote end of spring training. You still have signings and injuries going on. No hedging your bets, either (i.e. “75 wins but 71 if Santana gets traded and Wright gets hurt”). You get one win total. You can add predictions like “Wheeler wins rookie of the year” but it is about wins and losses.
  3. Paul Festa February 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm
    I agree. End of ST.
  4. Kanehl February 22, 2013 at 11:50 pm
    I’m actually pretty excited about the Mets near future. I remember ’83 and then ’84, when the young bood hit starting to hit the roster and show a real chance of a sustainable contender (and it would have been, but for the coke blizzard of that decade). I don’t think Harvey and Wheeler are hype. And we’ve got at least 2 other solid chances for SP studs (Syndergard and Montero) as well as a grab bag of several others who might turn into something real (Meija, Fullmer, etc.). Combined with Neise and Gee, this gives us a legitimate chance at a very high end rotation AND some strong trade bait to land a corner OF. Put that together with a quality IF (I believe that Davis is for real and that Tejada will get even better–he’s only 22), a potential all star catcher, and some freed-up payrool dollars, I think this team could be solid in 2014 and a genuine contender in 2015. 2013 is a means to an end. Not drinking the Kool-Aid, just looking at some real talent, especially in the rotation and IF.
  5. Kanehl February 22, 2013 at 11:52 pm
    CAVEAT: As long as we keep the Idiot Son in a playpen, far removed from the adults’ table.