So we gotta talk about this. I think this sums up everything in Queens right now.
— Les Mc (@Lez_Mets) September 23, 2017
It was a beautiful night. Syndregaard was back. Fireworks. Even some Matt Harvey action if that’s your thing. And yet I’m seeing a lot of empty seats out where the people in matching shirts sit.
Now, I wasn’t there either and I couldn’t be bothered to watch the entire game on TV so I’m not better or worse….but the optics here…if you’re the Mets, you really should wonder about where your fanbase is right now. I think you Mets did the right thing in trading all the contracts, but you need to reinvest this off-season. You can’t roll this lineup into 2018.
As for the fan optics, part for the challenge of being such a visible and noisy element of the fanbase is that it’s noticeable when you’re not. I don’t doubt that most of the original Enthusiasts were there, but there had been an influx of second generation soldiers that were more obnoxious than Tesus & The Disciples ever were..and I bet those folks are off to see The Judge.
The Enthusiasts have another outing on Wednesday. This time there will be no RA Dickey 20 wins, no Jose Reyes batting title, and no road to the playoffs. Let’s hope the army represents.
But this isn’t really about a few frontrunners who wanted to hang out by the bridge in August 2015- August 2017, this about the Mets. Why would anyone come? You Mets whipped out everything you could have last night short of having Seaver give free hugs in the rotunda…and still…nobody cared. It’s not like this is year 6 of a rebuild, this is week 6 and people have checked out. Right now there is no bridge to the past, and only a two man bridge to the future. These are the Aoki Mets, whose stories will only be remembered by some random Greg Prince columns in ten years.
Games are increasingly annoying to attend. Expensive. Slower than slow. TVs are better. Why would anyone attend your product in 2018? Look how quickly the outfield emptied out on Harvey Fireworks Day.
SLACKISH REACTION: Thor came and went, and then The Dark Knight was mediocre (that’s being kind) for 4 innings. Then TDK and so did I. Watched some more Vietnam (it is fantastic) and then saw the Mets were in the 10th inning and I didn’t care so I watched this Reagan thing I had taped a few weeks back. I seriously only found out who hit the HR by writing this.
The Mets and Terry Collins should admit right now that he isn’t coming back so that the fans can give Terry a nice hand. Terry deserves better than an ovation from 5400 people on Wednesday. Do it on a sunny Sunday.
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