By Joyce Mandelkern
I have heard it said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. If this is the case, I am clearly insane. I watch each and every Mets game expecting that this will be the game that they put it all together, that they get that clutch hit, that they come from behind, that they will play impeccable defense and that there will be no walks allowed. I apparently live in an alternate reality where hallucinations rule.
This is not a well-oiled machine, our Metsies. They sputter, like my furnace when I hit the restart button. I hear it trying to fire up, in fits, but it ends up stalling and I end up having to call for service anyway. And like my Mets, it frustrates me, because there is absolutely nothing I can do about it. I know what is wrong, but I just can't fix it myself.
The question then becomes who is going to fix these issues before we dig ourselves into too deep a hole to get out. Personally, I'm thinking we need a team shrink. Clearly, the team has talent. Manuel seems to be managing a little differently this year and I'm not sure why. I do believe he has cost us at least 2 games already. I suggested to one of my sons that what we really need is a bench clearing brawl. He said that we would lose that too. Sadly, he's probably right. The media likes to throw the word "swagger" around, I'd be happy if we'd play with confidence. Honestly, when was the last time you believed that we would come from behind to win a game? For me, it was 2006. I still don't believe we can hold a lead when we have one. Maybe I am the one who needs the shrink.
How much longer do we have the luxury of saying it is still early? We go in to Philly and then we have the Braves. So far, no one in our division is scared of playing the retooled 2009 New York Mets. I can't say I blame them. What to do, what to do? I can start calling for HoJo's head, but they will never fire him because he is David's boy. If they start firing coaches or even the manager now (which they won't) it would really send this fragile team into a tailspin and accomplish nothing. The team is going to have to find it within themselves to right the ship, and quickly, before it sinks. And until it does, does anyone know a good shrink?