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Joyce MandelkernWednesday, April 29, 2009
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?

About Joyce: I am an insanely passionate die-hard Mets fan since 1962 who is also a season ticket holder and usually can't bear to look and buries her head in her hands or starts pacing when I'm home when things get tense...   Read More -->

Comments (2)

This crew is lifeless, no fire, lack of heart. They don't "take it to the other team", it's always the other team taking it to them. How do you get punked in your new park, with your ace on the mound? I like the players and I want to believe in this group, somehow though, it seems like it may be all for not. I am still one who thinks it's early, but I said about Mid-May is when we will see what these guys are made of. So I will remain true to my word and see what happens. Hang in there, come back off the ledge, save the hanging rope for another day. Go Mets 2009!

Joyce, thank you for the laugh you gave me with that comment sad but true I feel your pain because its my pain as well. To laugh at it is a Mash mentality to overcome.I think its time to break up the core of this team, it just han't been clicking for over two years now.We need new blood at every position. At this point I would trade anybody to bring life to this team. In the meantime keep those cards and letters coming that make us at least smile.

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