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Joyce MandelkernThursday, January 11, 2007
By Joyce Mandelkern

Finally!! I don't know about you guys, but for me, just seeing guys in uniforms with bats and balls made me feel much better. I know it just mini-camp, but I have REALLY missed my Mets and baseball.

I follow college and pro football and college basketball and have teams that I'm emotionally invested in, but after the baseball season ends there is always a huge void in my life. I miss it terribly. Baseball is a very long season and its day in and day out and it is very much a part of our daily routine. We either are at every game or watch every game and yes, I admit it, I do have a tendency to live and die with every pitch.

I know they say that baseball is a year-round sport with all the hot stove "stuff," but I don't find that satisfying. I find it anxiety-producing and worrisome. Last year the off-season was exciting. The anticipation for 2006 was building. This off-season was a bit depressing.

I can't seem to get past the fact that we were one hit away from going to the World Series and we didn't get there. I suppose I'm a should-woulda-coulda person but it's been eating away at me since October. We deserved to be in the World Series and win it!! We had a great year!! I want a do-over!! That is why I need baseball to start again and soon. How else can the healing begin? I was so happy to see Pedro (he looks great!) and David Wright and Rick Peterson. I was happy to see Mets uniforms and batting cages. I am baseball-starved. I was excited that SNY had a report from Port St. Lucie. Can spring training be far behind?

I don't want to hear any more talk or analysis. I don't want to think about our problems with the starting rotation. I just want to see our guys go out and take the field and play ball.

About Joyce: I am an insanely passionate die-hard Mets fan since 1962 who is also a season ticket holder and usually can't bear to look and buries her head in her hands or starts pacing when I'm home when things get tense...   Read More -->

Comments (2)

I feel the same way. It's silly, but it just felt so good to SEE them again.

If anyone wants to see how the weather is down in Port St.Lucie or some of the prospects on hand for mini-camp, Ed Tsunoda took plenty of pics for the baseball starved fans. Go on over to our site www.nyfuturestars.com and enjoy.

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