The wave of optimism coming from the Mets fanbase this weekend has been refreshing. Welcome to the club. (Guest euphoria welcome) It’s impossible not to be giddy about how this team played this weekend. Finally, a Mets pitcher has pitched a no-hitter. Believe it.
What else can you believe? An MVP? Playoff berth? The World Series?
Why not? Many of us would’ve put the odds of those above a no-hitter, and we’ve beaten those odds. David Wright has to be one of the favorites for the MVP a third of the way through the season. You could make a case for both Johan Santana AND R.A. Dickey as Cy Young candidates. According to ESPN’s Cy Young predictor, R.A. Dickey is the early favorite.
The Playoffs? Well, the Mets are now tied for first place in the division. They’ve been in “If the season ended today” position to make the playoffs most of the season. Winning in the playoffs? I’ll take my chances with R.A. Dickey, Johan Santana, and David Wright, that’s for sure.
Greg from Faith and Fear in Flushing has this to say on those “We’ve never had XXX” lists:
“And what’s left of a never-got-one nature to ache for anyway? Put aside a World Series championship even if you’ve never seen one before, because the Mets have two of those. They have cycles, triple plays, a 6-for-6 night, 10 consecutive strikeouts, a batting title and now a no-hitter. What is left hanging out there on the vine that can be attained on the field? An MVP has to be voted on, so that’s not it. A perfect game would be something, but that’s like waiting for the clouds to rain candy. Not everybody has one of those, so it’s not as if the Mets are being left out. Ditto for a four-homer performance. We’ll love if it happens, but it’s rare enough to advise against holding breath for.”
What can’t the Mets do this season? Nothing. There is nothing the Mets can’t achieve. Believe It.