The other day I got into a Twitter back and forth with a fellow Knicks blogger who happens to be a Yankees fan. Essentially he was insinuating that the Mets were a jinxed and awful franchise. My first instinct was that he was another ignorant Yankee fan who couldn't name a single player outside of the Bronx. However, as he pointed out, this point of view is actually perpetuated by a large portion of the Mets fanbase.
The "Beningo-ization" of the Mets fanbase with his "Oh, the pain!" mentality drives me up the wall. I'm 27, so I don't remember '86 because I was 2 1/2. I vaguely remember the Mets being good in the late 80s and the highlight of my Mets fandom was being at Shea for every single game of the '06 NLCS and the last game at Shea. However, despite the let downs of their two World Series appearances that I can remember and the way these last few seasons have ended, I remain a largely positive and optimistic Mets fan. Additionally, in no way do I think my team has some sort of preternatural proclivity to bad luck.
Contrast that with someone like, say, Joe Beningo. He got to see the Mets win TWO World Series titles. It doesn't make sense for him to have a more negative view towards the Mets franchise than me. Of course, the obvious answer is that he just took his Jets shtick and applied it to the Mets to rouse the rabble that makes up the WFAN audience. But still, this viewpoint seems to have infected a lot of the Mets fanbase (including a lot of my friends who are my age) and it really aggravates me.
I'm sure I don't need to tell the Amazin' Avenue faithful this, but in the roughly 50 years of the Mets existence, they have been a pretty darn successful franchise. The problem is that they have been mostly a peak and valley franchise. Either they've been pretty brutal or very good. However, most of the teams they trail in terms of pennants and World Series wins had a roughly 60 year head start. For a franchise that has only been around since 1962, we have quite a bit of history. That's why the last day at Shea was so emotional. Well, that and the fact that we just missed out on the playoffs again, but I digress.
Ironically, what has been lost in the collapse years and even last year is that the Mets didn't suck. In fact, in the collapse seasons they were pretty damn good. Even last season, as soul sucking as it was to watch, wasn't exactly rock bottom. Regardless, we all know that most of the failures of the past few seasons can be chalked up to mismanagement rather than some kind of "whammy" that the Beningos of the world would have you believe this organization has had bestowed upon it.
I know Eric touched on this a bit in his recap after the first game of the season, but dcmetsfan's excellent fan post on the MSM's pessimistic groupthink regarding the Mets franchise and the aforementioned Twitter spat motivated me to put my frustrations into words. Thanks for providing me with this forum. Let's Go Mets!