For the first time in 9 years, the Mets had something to celebrate in the month of September. Saturday night was a good night to be a Mets fan. As the cigars were smoked and the chmpagne was sprayed in the visitors clubhouse in Cincinatti, I enjoyed each and every moment.
In 2015, it was no longer about individual success in a team sport as it was in years gone by. It was not about a batting title for Jose Reyes or a CY Young for RA Dickey or a Rookie of the Year award for Jacob deGrom or an All-Star Game start for Matt Harvey. They are all great achievements, but in this city it is about winning above and beyond everything else.
That is what this year has been about, winning, It was not about player development or preaching patience or financial restrictions.
It was about winning, how refreshing.
The Mets were celebrating their 6th NL East title in franchise history and the first since 2006. What an amazing year this has been from ranging from the 11 game winning streak to the offensive drought that dominated the talk and the headlines for a long portion of the summer.
The impact of Noah Syndergaard along with the struggles of the Washington Nationals gave this organization a reason to believe that it was not about 2016, but was about the here and now.
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The Mets saw their closer Jenrry Mejia get suspended for PED use, not once but twice and as a result we were saw the development and the brilliance of Jeurys Familia.
In late August, we dealt with the headache that was Scott Boras and innings limits with his client Matt Harvey. That created a distraction that might have stopped the momentum of most teams, but not this team. But give Sandy Alderson credit as he made the trades for Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson and Tyler Clippard right around the trade deadline. It emboldened a team and enlivened a fan base and grabbed the attention of this city.
Give Terry Collins a ton of credit. He has dealt with a lot of drama this year and has always had the ear of his team and they always played hard for him.
Baseball is a long season and the Mets storylines have provided major talk points throughout the summer months and now into the fall. October baseball, meaningful October baseball will be played at CitiField. Where will this story end, who knows for sure.
But however this ends, I believe this is the beginning of some special years in Queens.
Yes, they will face a significant decision in the off-season as to whether or not they sign Yoenis Cespedes. From my vantage point, they should. He is the type of talent that is extremely hard to find. But that will be decided another day.
The core players are there to have this team be a contender for the next handful of years.
This is just the beginning. After all the pain and disappointment and failures of years gone by, now Mets fans can rejoice and celebrate.
Saturday was a special day and there will be many more to come.