On New Year's Eve, it's traditional to look backward. For many years, it was difficult for a Mets fan like me to reflect on a completed baseball season and feel very good about it. This time around, it's easy to do. Even though it didn't end as I had hoped, the 2022 New York Mets season was a huge step forward. The Mets returned to the playoffs for the first time since their 1-game cameo in 2016 after winning over 100 games for only the fourth time in their history. They took the first important step in changing the perception of the Mets as laughable losers.
The song that has become associated with the New Year's Eve holiday, "Auld Lang Syne," is an old Scottish song. The original words are indecipherable to those of us who weren't bred in the highlands six centuries ago. Dictionary.com did an excellent job of explaining the meaning of the song's title:
The words auld lang syne literally mean “old long since,” though in practice it means "old times, especially times fondly remembered," as well as an "old or long friendship." It’s from the Scots language, and the expression was first recorded in 1660–1680.
The bonding throughout the Braves' roster is strong, and it only will increase through stability, while the Phillies and the Mets act as if chemistry in a clubhouse and on the field is secondary to spending like crazy every year to build a team with as many celebrated free agents as possible.