3/30/09

A Fresh Start - By Shannon Shark

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I've lived long enough to see the Mets move to their new ballpark. As I get excited to head out to Citi Field (the brain almost typed “Shea” for not the first and last time) on Friday night, the word that keeps popping into my head is “karma.”

Here's to hoping the new building brings a new start for this franchise.

We're all Mets fans, we all bleed orange and blue (and some of us unfortunately, black.) We love the Mets, but if we're being honest about our beloved Metsies, this franchise has boiled down to two types of teams: Last place and second place.

Yes there have been 4 trips to the World Series, if you've read this far you don't need me to recap....but for the most part, what is Mets history?

It starts with the worst, and then some of the worst teams of all-time. If you think finishing fifth stinks, try finishing twelfth.

Then Seaver shows up and works some magic for five years.

Next, the franchise sells The Franchise and everyone else, and Shea was miserable. Back to last place (or second last depending on how horrible the Cubs were).

Some young pitching showed up and we thought we had a dynasty on our hands. Some bad luck, some drugs, some injuries, some bad karma and Davey's boys spent more time in second place than they did in tickertape parades. Does 1988 mean anything to you now? To me, it's another underperforming team.

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