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Mike SteffanosTuesday, July 1, 2008
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.

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Comments (2)

Your last paragraph is so true Mike. I have been a fan since 1967 and for me, its getting old. Last night, I turned off the game in the top of the 2nd with the Mets down 2-0. I knew they were going to lose, which is the way I feel most of the time whenever they fall behind. With all that being said, I don't think the season is lost but I do believe the team is in trouble. I really think that if the Mets are going to rebound this year it will begin after the All Star break. I think the team is mentally in trouble and that time off for an extended period may rejuvenate them. I also feel that an infusion of new blood will also be needed.

Have you seen David Wrights interviews after the 2 Mets wins against the Yankees? If I didn't know any better, I would have thought the Mets had lost those 2 games. I really think the team is carrying baggage from last years collapse and it shows in their play and in their interviews.

Thanks again Mike.

It's hard to really care about them as a fan. It's harder and harder to write about them.

thanks for saying that, mike. i've been thinking it, and feeling bad/incompetent/lazy for not being able to overcome it, but what can we possibly write? we're not a championship team. it's full of bad attitude.

i tried to buy a cliff floyd devilrays shirt tonight but they don't sell individual shirts for the rays. at least on the web.

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