Thrilling come-back win by the Mets. Just when you’re ready to eulogize and bury the team, when you expect them to spiral out of control and crash and burn when two of the best hitters in the league go down, the backups step up and stage an Amazin’ win. The Mets basically erase themselves from playoff contention and the most exciting player in the game is on the shelf leading many to believe it’s time to tune out, and then they turn around and remind everyone that they’re stilling playing baseball. They remind us that whether or not we believe in them, they believe in themselves. It doesn’t matter if we think they’re worth watching, because they think it’s worth playing.
It’s all about depth sometimes. One of the reasons the Mets have been able to stay afloat through all these injuries is that they have had suitable prospects and veterans that aren’t terrible to step in and contribute to winning baseball. That none of the injuries, barring one, have been to the rotation has also helped since the Mets don’t really have as much depth there.
The Mets have sustained a massive amount of injuries, but they still have enough talent and depth to win ballgames as much as they lose them. They will likely stick around .500 the rest of the way because right now they’re missing those players that would keep them winning consistently, although anything is certainly possible. What is pretty certain is that the Mets are creating a lot of options for Sandy Alderson in 2012. The Mets have guys up and down their 40 man roster, and beyond, who have been proving they can be part of a winning baseball team.
So sure, one win is hardly cause for much celebration and doesn’t change anything in the bigger picture, but it still feels good. It’s not just about winning sometimes and it doesn’t matter what’s going on outside of the stadium or in the owner’s box. These 25 men on the field, and their coaches, are giving it their all and it’s been fun to watch. They’re not likely to ride home in a parade, but in 2011 I’m proud to be a Mets fan.
edit: Looks like Faith and Fear in Flushing is proud to be a fan of this team as well.