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.