I haven't been to Citi Field in half a decade. There's been a lot going on in my life, and a game at the park involves the commitment of 10-12 hours when all is said and done. It didn't seem like ownership was making the commitment to trying to win, which made me question my own commitment to give up the time and money to go to the park. Every day I'm more excited about being there in person again next season, provided it's safe to do so. I'm 62 and have borne a lot of ups and downs with this club, but I honestly haven't felt this hopeful about an upcoming season since 1984. I want to be a part of a season in person again, and I'm sure that I'm not the only one who feels this way.
Steve Cohen sharing with the rest of us his excitement and commitment to the team is a real shot in the arm to fans who want to believe the owner cares as deeply as the rest of us. As I said Friday, Cohen will never be quite as universally popular with the fan base as a whole than he is right now. It's human nature to find fault once actions start being taken. It's why most presidents find their absolute peak popularity at their inauguration. For now, he's saying the right things, making the right moves, and it's only increasing the buy-in from all of us. And that's smart because when you have the fans behind you, everything you do in running the ball club gets a little easier. Honestly, I'm really looking forward to watching this offseason play out, but I'm already excited about watching 2021 Mets baseball, both in person and on tv. I know most of you out there feel the same way. If an owner like Steve Cohen can do things that contribute to that feeling, that's only going to benefit his new ball club.
Really, the guy needs to stop being quite so awesome, or I'm going to start tearing up and choking out, "I love you, man!" every time I see him on tv. It's only a matter of time before Lisa gets completely disgusted with me and throws me out of the house.