FLUSHING, NY – After going undercover as civilians Wednesday night, Short Matt, Tall Matt and Replacement Matt got to mingle with John & Joan Q. Fan at Citi Field, for the Mets vs San Francisco Giants MLB Wild Card (is it two words or one?) Game. And after watching – and processing – the absolute gem of a pitching duel between Noah Syndergaard and Madison Bumgarner – who ultimately won the war – we were left pondering the questions weighing on the collective minds of the Flushing Faithful: Did the New York Mets Leave Their Hearts with San Francisco? Is there a Mets Dynasty in the Making? Who the hell designed the parking lots and exits?
For the answers, let’s keep this short and simple and consider the facts:
-After an unprecedented season of surreal injury and completely improbable success, the blasted Giants abruptly ended the Mets’ season, riding the broad shoulders of Freak of Nature/Throwback Bumgarner. Indeed, the Metropolitans were defeated by the best post-season road pitcher in the history of the game. That is a fact.
-Marquee players were MIA aplently for the Amazins; Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Neil Walker, David Wright, Lucas Duda, Zack Wheeler (remember him?), Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores were all hurt. Think about that. Has any other team in MLB history ever had that many key players not on their post-season team? No. That is a fact.
-Young, unproven players are now blooded. The likes of Lugo, Gsellman, Smoker, TJ Rivera and even Ty Kelly (who looks like the son of Wayne Gretzky and Jon Olerud) are now bona fide Major Leaguers. Teams that are in it year after year have 2 things always going for them: Great pitching and replacement parts. The Mets are stacked for next year – even without Cespedes, Granderson, Bruce and/or Wright. Their pitching will be that dominant. That is a fact.
– Disagree if you like, but Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed are arguably the best 1-2 punch out of the bullpen in all of baseball. And they’ll be better next year because the entire staff will be much stronger. That is a fact.
So, while we’re all left with broken hearts and all kinds of things can go wrong in an off-season and spring training,
“no matter – tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . And then one fine morning—“
Mets fans will have plenty of Happy Recaps…
Oh, and as for the parking lots an stadium exits, somebody needs to slapped silly. It took 45 minutes to get out of the lot, after 20 minutes to get out of the stadium. Absolutely unbearable and inexcusable.