The DC Swamp, Nats Country, January 5, 2018
Spring Training Message, Day One
They’re not giving you a shot! They have already written you off. No chance, zero! Why even put the uniform on and take the field?
Who are we talking about? The NY Mets ladies and gentlemen, the New York Mets, the Amazins’.
All the prognosticators, the MLB channel, the formerly great sports network ESPN, the NY Post, the Daily News and the list goes on. The Mets have no chance. The Nats are going to use you to pad their first place lead. The Nats players believe they’ll go 15-3 against you. Bryce Harper believes those three losses will be when he is rested. End of message
Well, we are a little over a month away from Mets pitchers and catchers reporting to Port St. Lucie, Fla. on February 12th. There are quite a few Amazings’ that have something to prove after getting knocked down and embarrassed last year. Hey, “there is no crying in baseball” gentlemen but this writer believes the death of the Mets young pitching staff has been greatly exaggerated. You might say, it is fake news! With a new manager in Mickey Callaway and a new pitching coach in Dave Eiland, a new throwing program to boot during the off season, I‘m putting the NL East, the Nats, the Dodgers and Cubs on notice (that’s right, I wrote it!). These young lads have something to prove. Beware! Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler, among others, were knocked on their ass last season and there is no better cure than personal embarrassment to motivate an individual and a team that wants to be great again. Jacob deGrom did his best to hold the fort in 2017 but it was too much without his pitching teammates. There is a new chapter to be written in 2018 and it is time for the Mets pitchers to Make the Amazins’ Great Again! #MAGA!!!