I've had the long time dual displeasure of being a Mets and a Jets fan. Not being able to suffer through 162 games a year of mediocrity year after year....after year....after, well, I just didn't follow the Mets as closely as I've followed the Jets through 16 games of futility most years. But I still associate myself with the Mets. Glad things came together this year. Hoping the same for Gang Green!
I have always loved the Mets since I first started watching baseball in 1969, their first magic year. I haven't seen a single minute of pro-sports in the last year, but knew the Mets made the playoffs because I follow Mike Rogge on twitter. If anyone could scribble a paragraph or post a link on the 2015 Mets and how they did it, it would be very cool.
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
Here's the deal with the Mets: they have the best starting rotation in the Majors with DeGrom, Harvey, and Syndegaard. Harvey was out last year after Tommy John Surgery and the others are just young studs (Syndegaard routinely throws 99 mph fastballs with a 90mph slider, and DeGrom used his inning in the All Star Game to strike out the side on 10 pitches).
The low point of the season came when they lost to a crappy Padres team at home and their shortstop, Wilmer Flores was crying because he was scheduled to be traded that night (the Mets organization had found him in Venezuela when he was 17, and was the only team that he ever played for). But that deal fell through because the guy they were getting failed his physical.
Two days later, Flores hit a game winning home run in the 12th against the Brewers. And the Mets got real aggressive at the Trade deadline, picking up Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, setup guy Tyler Clippard, and, 17 minutes before the trade deadline, Monster home run hitter Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes has gone on to power the Met offense, and since Wright came back, the offense has finally caught up to the pitching. They're looking really good, but being a Met fan, it's way too early to get excited.