For the first time in my life, I find myself heading into Spring Training with absolutely no hope for a good season (I was too young and naive in the dark days of 2003-2004). As a matter of fact, I actually find myself rooting for the Mets to have a terrible season. While this may seem counter-intuitive, there's two semi-logical reasons for this. One would be draft picks. After years of futility, the Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise is finally beginning to head in the right direction. While some of this is due to free agent signings (excluding Jayson Werth) and trades, a lot of it has to do with their high draft picks. Guys like Strasburg, Zimmerman, Harper, and Storen have created a young nucleus of players that the team can build around for years to come (assuming they can all stay healthy, especially Strasburg). If we're bad we get higher draft picks and I have confidence that Alderson, DePodesta and Riccairdi are smart enough to draft impact players (unlike a certain GM from 2004-2010) Secondly, if the team is bad (think 1991-1994), attendance and revenues will drop to levels that will (hopefully) force the Wilpons to sell the team, and as has been said 5 million times, this would be a good thing despite their desire to hold onto the team until it's ripped from their cold, dead hands. *You've probably seen this already, but it still manages to disgust me. *David Wright gets one last shot this season before I'm officially ready to give up on him. *Mike Pelfrey gets the same, but I have no idea why I still think he has potential to be above average at this point. Could be stupidity. *Pelfrey is the Brian Scalabrine of MLB, tall, white, awkward and mostly useless. *Thank you for putting up with my (probably) incoherent ranting.
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