In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, I thought I would form a top 10 list of things Mets’ fans should be thankful for. Granted, it’s not really a lot fun being a Mets’ fan these days with a string of four straight losing seasons, a limited budget and an owner who is dividing the fanbase.
However, at this time of year it’s not healthy to be angry and bicker amongst each other. We should appreciate the things we have. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 things we (Mets’ fans) should be thankful for.
1. R.A. Dickey– Dickey is quickly becoming a Mets’ legend before our eyes. Dickey is a crowd favorite, a humanitarian, a competitor and, oh yeah, he’s the NL Cy Young winner! Hopefully he’ll stick around in Queens for a few more years.
2. David Wright– Although he has had his ups and downs, Wright has always been the stabilizing force in the Mets’ clubhouse and still the face of the franchise. Wright is what you want in a player-on and off the field. Hopefully, the Mets could sign him up long term as well.
3. Johan Santana finally throwing the first ever Mets’ no-hitter- No more will we have to worry about the no-hitter drought. On one magical June night, Santana delivered what all Mets’ fans have been waiting for since 1962! Here’s to hoping Santana can have a healthy and productive season in 2013, in what could be his final year in Queens.
4. Ike Davis turning the corner- For a while there last year, a lot of us had doubts in Davis’ game, as he looked completely lost at the plate. But credit Davis for fighting through a terrible slump to rebound with fantastic second half. For a team deprived of serious power, Davis has it in spades and 2013 just might be his breakout year.
5. The emergence of Matt Harvey– For a team in need of a shot in the arm last year, Harvey gave the Mets exactly what they needed: a power arm and hope for the future.
6. Dependable starting pitch depth- As the saying goes: you can never have enough pitching. Depending on what happens in the offseason with regards to trades, etc. the Mets will have five quality arms in Dickey, Santana, Harvey, Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee and maybe even Mike Pelfrey if he is brought back. Plus, the Mets still have some arms (which we’ll get to later) in the minors that could help.
7. Ruben Tejada developing into a quality shortstop- After Jose Reyes departed last year, there was serious questions if Tejada could come in and fill the gigantic shoes left behind by Reyes. Well, with a .289/.333/.351 slash line and a steady glove, Tejada is making people forget about Reyes and could be a cornerstone for the club for years to come.
8. The fact that Jason Bay is gone- This is not an indictment on Bay the person, as he was a great teammate, hustler and all-around good guy. But, for the Mets to truly have a clean slate, Bay needed to go and I’m thankful that both parties parted ways the way they did.
9. Daniel Murphy getting better at second base– Maybe I’m biased in my love for Murphy, but I think Murphy can be an adequate second baseman. We know Murphy can hit and his offense-at times-can make up for some deficiencies in the field.
10. Zack Wheeler waiting in the wings- As previously mentioned, the Mets already have a solid staff and it could get even better once Wheeler is eventually promoted. Wheeler has shown great promise down on the farm and he could further invigorate the squad once he gets the call.
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