Third place at the All-Star break is pretty good. We’ve all read recent posts throughout Mets Fandom how we all would have taken this if we were asked at the beginning of the season – and they’re right – but I’m sure there are a few die hards out there like myself that still expect a little more. The Mets have played better than we expected, and with that comes more expectation.
The 50th anniversary of our beloved team has been awesome thus far. Johan Santana gave us the first no-hitter in Mets history, R.A. Dickey is the best pitcher in baseball right now, and David Wright is having an MVP caliber year. The Mets are one of the big surprises this year and I hope they can continue their ways after the All-Star break.
Oh yeah, the All-Star break.
Now, David Wright being snubbed was definitely our fault as Mets fans. Of course he was so far ahead there was no way you thought he would lose the lead, but we probably should have figured there was a chance being Reyes did not win his spot until the very end last year as well – and all because we voted like crazy people! Wright did say the being voted in by his peers was definitely special and he was proud to represent the Mets.
So even though it sucked, I kind of accepted it. Kind of.
Anyway, the biggest snub came earlier today when it was announced that Matt Cain would start the game tomorrow as opposed to 12 game winner, R.A. Dickey. Tony LaRussa just ruined the All-Star game not just for me, but for many Mets fans out there – as well as the 21,000 plus fans that took and ESPN poll saying R.A. should be the starter.
I lost a ton of respect for LaRussa today. I know he’s been a great manager, but his beef with Dusty Baker and the Mets put a damper on this year’s game, and I will always remember him as a cranky old man with a bad dye job – or hair piece – you choose.
The 2012 Mets are simply amazin’. There have been may highs and a few recent lows, but the ride has been great so far and I look forward to the second half with great expectations and hope for a championship. Let’s Go Mets!