November 15, 2018
Dear New Mets GM BVW,
It has been 32 years and counting since the New York Mets celebrated a World Series. The year was 1986 and the Mets stunned the Boston Red Sox to win game 6 and game 7. I wasn’t alive to see that game. Born in 1995, I have been alive for 5 playoff Mets teams: 1999, 2000, 2006, 2015 and 2016. 5 playoff teams in 23 years. That is not a formula for a winning culture.
The gap in Mets playoff teams have been atrocious. After back to back playoff appearances in 99-00 it took the Mets 6 years to reach the post-season again. After the 2006 season it took 9 more years to make the playoffs in 2015. This franchise has never had 3 consecutive seasons of playoff appearances. As a fan I am frustrated and disappointed.
I want to stop talking about the 1986 Mets. The last time we won. I want to be able to say in my life time (and hopefully soon) that the Mets are World Series Champions again. I want to be able to witness it, not just hear about it from my father or grandparents.
I want that where were you moment? My father would tell me where he was at the time of the 1986 world series, especially that iconic game 6. I want to be able to tell my children one day where I was when the Mets won it all.
I want to be able to go to the ticker-tape parade in lower Manhattan. Mets fans jamming the streets, celebrating in unity with one another. I want cheering fans filling entire blocks around Wall Street, crowds on high window ledges, climbing tall trees and perched atop traffic lights and telephone poles.
While the Mets have been inconsistent on the diamond, their cross town rival, the Yankees have been dominant and consistent. There is a winning culture over in the boogie down Bronx. They are expected to win, expected to sign top free agents while Mets fans sit back with low expectations from the front office because it’s what we are accustomed to.
Mets fans aren’t asking for much. We aren’t asking for an arm or a leg. We are asking for a championship in Queens. 32 years over due. We need a winning culture and talent on this roster to help us obtain that goal.
The Mets should be swarming in on every top free agent to send a message to the league that “Hey we want one thing and you can’t stop us from getting that.” This off-season is the perfect opportunity to send that message with all the pieces of talent we already have.
I look at it this way: The Mets are a huge puzzle. The puzzle is almost complete but there are a few pieces missing. The talent in the free agent market are those missing pieces. Once we can get those missing pieces, the puzzle will be complete. When the puzzle is complete, the Mets will compete.
You even said it yourself: baseball is better when the Mets are winning.
Obviously he is not going to read this. That’s not the point of this article.* 🙂