I want to emphasize, before proceeding, that I mean no disrespect to Matthew Callan with this FanPost. He is a gifted, entertaining writer, and I appreciate his perspective. Actually, this post has less to do with Callan's recent offering ("Deja Vu") than it does with what I have perceived to be a particularly deep and pervasive negativity around the Mets these days. I mean, I'm not naive; I've been a Mets fan for at least as long as I can remember, and I know that a degree of bitterness and cynicism is part and parcel of our culture. Still, I think we need to step back from the ledge. Here's why.
The Wilpons are a joke as owners of a major league baseball team, let alone a New York team, as Callan pointed out. I would much rather the Wilpons were given the boot, and that a deep-pockets ownership group took the reins and threw hundreds of millions of dollars at the payroll. That's wishful thinking for now, though, and I'll drive myself crazy if I choose to focus on that. I hate what's happened with payroll, and that the duplicitous Wilpons have attempted to bullshit their fans with a "nothing to see here!" company line. Again, though: it happened, I hate it, and I will drive myself bananas if I choose to focus on it.
As such, I focus on other things.
First things first: the season is one game old. One game. That's something like 0.6% of the season. Educated guesses notwithstanding, we do not know how this team, and the players on it, are going to perform over the long haul. Make no mistake -- I have my doubts about the team. I've been surprised before, though, and I think it's preferable to wait and watch and enjoy. I "get" why people are hyper-cynical; but I also "get" that pervasive cynicism is nothing more than a defense mechanism, and a rather unenjoyable one to boot.
That aside, there is much to be hopeful about with the Mets these days. Alderson isn't perfect, but he's been excellent, given the organizational shitstorm he inherited. He has restocked the farm system via shrewdly executed trades and the amateur draft; implemented system-wide player development practices; managed the roster with intelligence; jettisoned (or waited out) player-pariahs and bad contracts; signed the best homegrown position player in franchise history to a mega-bucks, rest-of-your-career contract; and he has consistently played his cards appropriately close to the vest. For my part, that is all very, very refreshing -- the antidote to LOLMets, if you will; and now that the plan has been stuck to for a few years, it appears to be on the verge of bearing fruit. None of Aldeson's predecessors, Cashen aside, has ever stuck to a long-term strategic plan for building sustained success. Alderson has. In view of that, and in view of the rest of the points I made above, one stupid OD loss isn't going to keep me from being hopeful. I think that's reasonable.