By Mike Steffanos
I'm not happy about the Mets start, particularly with the similarities between how they lost the last 3 games and how they played last September. I'm not immune from worries that what we saw back then might be what this club really is. My makeup as a Mets fan does indeed include the requisite angst.
On the other hand, I've seen a lot of seasons go by, and learned my share of lessons along the way. One lesson that was reinforced to me last year was that a team reveals its character slowly during a 162 game season. I thought, based on the early returns, that the 2007 Mets had the same grit and determination as their 2006 processors. This proved to be false, and a lesson was re-learned. I'm not going to make the same mistake a year later and start pounding the panic button six games into the season.
Remember 2005? Five losses in a row, and some people were ready to declare the season a disaster. Yet that club turned it around and actually contended into the last month of the season.
I know there are a few fans out there who are just angry and want to see someone take a fall for what happened last year. I think the vast majority of fans, however, want to see the club start playing well and competing hard so they can forget last year.
Jose Reyes has gone 2-14 during this 3-game losing streak. David Wright has been 1-10. The Mets need those two to produce, and I believe they will.
I never thought this would be an easy year. This club has some weaknesses. Still, I don't believe the last 3 games are the blueprint for 2008. Give the season a chance.