But it appears they are doing everything they can to dim the shining light of prosperity.
First, let's talk finance. The Mets continue to blame the Madoff affair for putting a cap on their payroll. But here's the thing: reports have shown that, as a plaintiff in the case, they made $17 million more than they lost as a defendant. Even if that figure is off a bit, it's safe to say the Ponzi scheme didn't hurt them. Thus, with this club on the cusp of being a more than competitive team--with a young, starting staff the envy of baseball--they failed in getting that one big name slugger--Troy Tulowitzki, perhaps- to make them relevant again in the same way they traded for Gary Carter back in 1985 to put them over the top.
Second, and this is far less critical but addresses Terry Collins' call for the club to have 'swagger' this season. Why in the world is Matt Harvey not the Mets' opening day pitcher?
If the Mets want to make a statement that they're back and want to take on the world, is there anybody on that staff with more swagger than Harvey?
So who's taking his place?
Jacob deGrom, the reigning Rookie of the Year, right?
Well, you would be wrong.
Oh no, that distinction goes to the 41 year old Bartolo Colon, a guy who stepped on a scale this off season and it read, "One at a time please!"
Are you kidding me?! Talk about throwing a wet towel on Mets' fans enthusiasm on the Christmas morning of the baseball season. And save the talk about all the money the Mets will make by pitching Harvey in an April game that isn't Opening Day--it's freezing here in New York, it will be a school night and they won't pack Citi Field or Nationals' Park because he's pitching.
And my last point, was that really Collins talking about hitting Juan Legares, the second coming of Andruw Jones, in the ninth spot?
This isn't idle chatter nor is it the Florida sun getting the best of Collins--he hit a non-pitcher in the ninth hole ten times last year. He is actually seriously considering this move.
Oh, but fear not--Sandy Alderson is their GM, the same man that, despite all these consecutive losing seasons under his watch, just penned a book under the title, Baseball Maverick: How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball And Revived The Mets.
You can't make this stuff up.