By Mike Steffanos
Game 82: Cardinals 7 - Mets 1
At its best, baseball reminds us of all the things we like best about ourselves. When you're rooting for a team that can't get out of its own way, not so much.
The 2008 New York Mets seem to be about embracing mediocrity. While the 2006 club embodied the spirit of overcoming adversity, if you get this team down they will almost undoubtedly stay down. While it appeared two years ago this franchise had a turned a corner, now it seems that whoever is the manager in 2009 will have to climb that hill all over again. That's a shame.
Mets fans take a lot of criticism, but they've been waiting a long time for a team that they could really embrace. When they got it in 2006 they cheered on this club right to the bitter end. Their reward was a club that doesn't fight back, neither last season nor for half of this one.
The Mets seem content to sleepwalk through this season despite the stain of last season's historical collapse. It's hard to really care about them as a fan. It's harder and harder to write about them.