By Joyce Mandelkern
I now love this team. Well, I've always loved them, but now I respect them. I love what they did yesterday. The fact that they went out and won a ball game against the SF Giants was nice too, but I love that they shaved their heads. All of them - well, almost all of them. I am a very family oriented person and nothing says family quite like "let's all shave our heads." One for all and all for one. United we stand and all that goes with it. I love this stuff.
I don't blame Reyes, by the way, for not wanting to do it. I am personally very attached to my hair, so I understand completely. I am also extremely superstitious when it comes to matters of sport, so I understand that even more, if that were the reason. I think he will end up complying. Peer pressure can provide powerful motivation. And he is all about team.
I do, however, think that team unity trumps superstition and I love the fact that this team has showed its solidarity and its fun side. I think we may have found the difference between last year's team and this year's team. Personality. Up until this point, we had yet to see it from our 2007 Mets. I kept saying that there was no magic. I couldn't put my finger on what had been lacking. Sometimes we came out flat. We lacked a certain oomph. Lo Duca says they are not hitting on all cylinders and that has been obvious. The question then becomes how do you get things going before it becomes too late? I'm hoping the day at Beltran's Barber Shoppe does it. It took guts for some of these guys to do it. Especially the ones who knew the look wouldn't suit them. I also love the fact that it is all inclusive. It is from top to bottom. From the stars to the bench players to some of the staff. They are one team. Can you imagine this happening across town where one player in particular is not even required to show up on days he is not playing?
I don't know if this will impact this team long term. But isn't nice to know that these guys actually like each other and support each other? It was so much fun to watch them last night. It was like seeing my 2007 Mets for the first time. And I liked what I saw.
Oh, and about the game... Glavine looked superb, as did Feliciano and Wagner. David is starting to go the other way, which is a great sign. And I am now officially worried about Carlos Delgado. Easley made a really nice defensive play. Today's game is about to start - gotta go.