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Mike SteffanosSunday, September 30, 2007
By Mike Steffanos

This roller coaster ride of a season could have virtually ended for Mets fans yesterday. Going into the game, I didn't have any great feelings of optimism. Then again, I didn't have any real forebodings of gloom, either. These last couple of weeks have left me feeling like an old heavyweight fighter who's continued to climb into the ring long after it was time to hang them up -- you take so many hits, after a while you don't feel them as much.

There's no sugarcoating the bare fact that the Mets had done a horrible job leading into yesterday afternoon's game. One shining afternoon can't erase the horrid memories of the past two weeks. Having said that, I was grateful to see some signs of life and fight from this team and, at the end of the afternoon, I felt better than I did going into it. That may not sound like much, but after this killer of a week, that meant a lot to me.

Baseball is a funny game. No matter how long I follow the game, it never quite loses the capacity to throw me a curveball when I'm sitting dead red. I certainly feel better than I did yesterday, but I still have no expectations heading into this afternoon's game. I just appreciate that it still matters.

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Comments (7)

Mike, first I would like to thank you for your blog, it was entertaining, insightful, and always well worth reading. Now, the fat lady has sung, cutrain has been drawn, and the lights have been truned off on the Mets 2007 season. The epic collapse, culminated by a bad Mets loss and a good Phils win. Kudos Phils, a long off season for the Mets. There is a lot of blame to go around, and I know you don't have enough space for all of us to write. Omar, I like as a GM, just made some bad moves and did not make enough moves at the deadline. Willie, got to get a team of such talent motivated and in win mode. Teams with a lot less talent have fought off adversity and been able to get over the hump, your squad mailed it in two weeks ago. Reyes, your the man and as you went so went the Mets, right out of the post season. You were practically invisible for the month of September. Bullpen, you have stunk since mid-August, to most of you I bid adieu. Leadership on and off the field failed this team miserably and it showed through the whole swoon. Us the supporters, we were so ready for another post season, we neglected our team. We expected them to make the dance and were very judgemental throughout the season. We booed, blamed, and beat up on everyone from Omar to the batboy, and I guess our squad was too sensitive to recover down the stretch. I take away from this season a lot but mostly that with all the talent, they still could not manage win the division in consecutive years, allowed a lesser team to take it away from them, and took a beat down along the way. I still love my Mets, so see you next year!!!!!1

Let me add my appreciation for Mike's Mets. I looked forward to it each day after a game; in fact it was I who was writing those threatening letters to your employer demanding more time off for you so you could answer your real calling -- but I digress.

It's Sunday evening, and the turkey lies cold and lifeless on the operating table. A year that began with so many possibilities -- a year in which the limits became even higher, as so many question-mark pitchers came through so well early on -- ends abruptly. It doesn't seem right, but the Mets lost on merit.

I hope after a decent pause you work up a treatment of how the wheels fell off for this team; I would love to gather my own thoughts and add them at that time. Right now I am just too numb to even consider the subject.

One more thank you, Mike. Thanks for making this the place the go to exult, commiserate, debate, sling a bit of trash-talking with the occasional interloper, and just generally keep ourselves aware of the fact that we're not the only ones who feel this way. Boy, does this sound like a twelve-step group or what?

This season has come down on us like a ton of bricks. Heck, it nearly killed Rev Al, and most of us must be feeling emotionally the way he's been feeling physically. There'll be plenty enough time to devote to this particular clubhouse autopsy, so let's not start just yet. Let's just have the faith that we've got 2008 ahead of us, and the Mets owe it to Shea Stadium and all who passed through its creaky turnstiles to go out with a better season than we just had.

Thanks again, Mike. This really is the best place for Mets fans on the Net.

Lets Go Mets in '08!

A sad way to end a season that began with such promise. I wouldn't be taking it as hard as I am if I felt the Mets were not better than the Phils, Pads, and Cubs... But they are better than all of those teams. It's amazing what can happen to a team when they lose their confidence and question their ability... The simply lacked the heart and their desire wasn't as strong as the teams that outplayed them. Now the rebuilding begins...

Mike, I add my thanks to all those above for the terrific work you do on this site; it is one place I go daily to get away from and vent about, all the insanity that is the NY Mets! With the exception of the beginning of the season, the Mets were a very average team for the majority of the season, and a bad team for far too many weeks as well. Starting with Endy's spectacular catch last year that the team didn't capitalize on, and throughout this year, the team play mostly uninspired baseball and the manager kept preaching patience; meanwhile, he never improved his in-strategy one iota, and showed a poor feel for the team overall, and the bullpen in particular. There's plenty of blame to go around, but ultimately, the manager of the team bears full respnsibility for his team's showing on the field. There were far too many lapses in judgement, mental errors, and non-moves made to last one's whole career; Randolph has to be responsible for that, and made to answer for it. I'm too disappointed to rationally offer any suggestions this soon after this collapse, but I can't think of any other cases where someone who oversaw such a historic collapse managed to retain his job. How does that person ever regain the confidence of his charges after such a disaster? Just asking. To think the players don't have concerns and questions about Randolph's leadership and strategy decisions would be to suspend belief; it's extremely difficult to get past that. Mike, hope you and your readers have a healthy off-season; thanks again for all the good work here at the site.

Guys, thanks so much for the kind words. This was a difficult year in many ways to keep up this blog, and it means a lot to me.

Mike, just want to apologize for all the spelling errors and missing words from my above post. I just discovered that my keyboard is shot and has been leaving out letters right and left. I am using my spare keyboard now, so hopefully this comes through correct. Thanks again for finding the time to keep the site going.

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