As a lifelong fan of the New York Mets, September usually provides the last few days I can enjoy a baseball game featuring my favorite team. In the 30 years I’ve been cheering on the Amazin’s, well, let’s just say I haven’t been so lucky to see more than a handful of playoff games. A few times in the late 90s, again in ’06…and that’s it.
This time of year, I’m forced to do several things simultaneously: think about the Mets’ season being almost over, look forward to next year, figure out which team I want to root for in the playoffs. The worst? I’m usually forced to listen to my Yankee-fan friends brag about their team.
One day at work last week, I began to think about the Mets’ 2013 campaign. Granted, I should have been working, but that’s neither here nor there. As I stared at my computer and daydreamed about anything other than what I was supposed to be doing, I came to the realization that the Mets’ season was like an amusement park ride. No, not the house of horrors, but a roller coaster. There were dizzying highs and sickening lows, one often right after another.
Here are just some of the highlights – and lowlights – of the 2013 season.
Highlight: Matt Harvey
Lowlight: Matt Harvey tears his UCL
The Mets’ star pitcher roared out of the gate, going 4-0 and striking out 46 in April. He started the All-Star Game and the team even promoted each game he started as “HarveyDay.” Then, in late August, the Mets announced Harvey tore the UCL ligament in his elbow. In typical Mets’ fashion, there was an immediate debate whether he needed Tommy John surgery or not. Only time will tell how it plays out.
Highlight: The team is starting to show promise with its young players
Lowlight: The Mets won’t be a .500 team this year
Between Matt Harvey, Zach Wheeler, and other rookies, the Mets are starting to look like a team that could be a contender in the very near future. Granted, these players are both young and raw, but there’s no denying their talent. That said, 2013 was a tough year to be a fan of the Metropolitans. Barring an improbable winning streak, this will be their fifth consecutive losing season, and the eighth since 2001.
Highlight: They sweep a four game series against the crosstown rival Yankees
Lowlight: It was probably the best four games they played all season
I say this only a bit facetiously. When the Mets swept the Yankees in late May, many fans reacted as if the team had won the World Series despite the fact they were seven games under .500 at the time. With only the occasional good game since then, those celebrations seem even more ridiculous now. As a Mets’ fan I’m all for celebrating when they play well, but I try to temper those when the team isn’t winning as often as they’re losing.
A. Orien Avery is a lifelong sports fan as well as a passionate supporter of the New York Mets. He is also a Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network.
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