From A Yankees Fan, With Love: Why The Mets' Future Makes Me Jealous
The 2015 MLB postseason marked the first time since 2006 that both the New York Yankees and New York Mets were featured in the MLB playoff race.
For Yankees fans, there wasn't much to expect much from a team that looked abysmal in the second half of the regular season, and ended with a 29-31 record in the final two months.
But as the regular season came dwindling down, their crosstown rivals, the Mets, quickly became the Cinderella story of the National League.
Not only had the Amazons soared to the top spot of the NL East, they were beating up on teams left and right.
After the acquisitions of game-changing players, like veterans Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson and the last-minute trade that brought home run king Yoenis Céspedes to Queens, the Mets became a powerhouse heading into the playoffs.
Ultimately winning the NL East division title after finishing seven-games ahead of the preseason World Series favorites, the Washington Nationals, the Mets found themselves lined up to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in their first playoff matchup.
With the Yankees' early departure from the postseason, I found myself curious to see what the Mets could do in their first playoff appearance since 2006.
So, (and forgive me my fellow pinstripe faithful) I bought my ticket and hopped on the orange and blue bandwagon.
Now I know the wound is still fresh for you Mets fans, but losing happens to the best of us, am I right?
Just take a look at the Kansas City Royals, who fell short in 2014 only to come back and hoist the Commissioner's Trophy as World Series champions.
Looking back at what manager Terry Collins and the Mets were able to accomplish in the first two rounds of the playoffs makes me jealous.
Oh, the things I would do in order for the Yankees to have a starting rotation consisting of guys like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz.
It's almost unfair.
So as you guys head into the offseason, don't sweat the World Series loss ... okay maybe just a little.
But did you actually picture the Mets playing in the World Series, back in February as spring training got underway?
I know you didn't because no one else did. Even my closest friends who live and breathe Mets baseball didn't.
The New York Mets are the farthest thing from a fluke. This team played incredible baseball against the heavily favored LA Dodgers and Chicago Cubs.
Need I remind you, you defeated some of the best starting pitchers in the game in Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta.
C'mon. You swept the Cubs in four games, sending their fanbase back into their holes, hoping that next season will be the year they break their now 107-year long curse of not having won a World Series.
Over the course of the last month or so, I have heard countless Mets fans say, "Céspedes brought us to the playoffs" and "Murphy led us to the World Series."
But they're wrong.
It takes more than one guy for a team to win the way the Mets did late in the season and into the playoffs. It was a team effort, something that hadn't seemed to be present within the organization since the 2006 playoff team.
Yes, you're most likely going to lose both Céspedes and Murphy to another ball club via the free agent market, but that's fine.
Maybe they were on this 2015 National League Champion Mets team to give not only the players but you the fans who have suffered some hope.
This is only the beginning of a winning tradition at Citi Field; you'll be back Mets fans.
I'll even say you guys are far better than my beloved Yankees, but don't let it go to your heads.
Mets fans, you and your team are no longer the lovable losers; you're now the lovable winners.