If you were to try to convince someone to be a Mets fan right now, it would be awfully hard. The team is in a bit of a rut, as they find themselves either unable to score enough runs to support their pitchers, unable to hold leads late into games, or sometimes even the ugly combination of both. Believe it or not, there are still plenty of reasons to root for this team, despite how desperate times may seem. Whether you are a fan looking for a new team to follow, or a Mets fan looking for any kind of reassurance, I hope to give you some positives that come with rooting for this team.
The Nicest Smile in Baseball
That’s right, the New York Mets boast the nicest smile in all of major league baseball, and it is not Mr. Met’s. Brandon Nimmo, the loveable kid from Wyoming, is having the time of his life while making the most of his time in the big leagues. Nimmo is currently crushing it at the plate, batting .287 at the time that this was written, while managing to get a walk seemingly every game. He’s gaining a lot of traction with write-in votes for the All-Star Game, which hopefully adds to the gleeful grin that Mets fans get to see nightly.
Citi Field is nearly ten years old already, and it still possesses the same excitement that it did when it first opened. With tributes to Ebbets Field in the shell of the stadium, and great vantage points from most seating areas, the stadium itself looks nice to the eyes. In addition, the food at the stadium is fantastic, and it usually rotates so you can expand your palate. Possibly the best part about the stadium is hearing from New York Yankee fans that our stadium is better than theirs.
The Best National League Pitcher
Jacob deGrom, the best pitcher in the National League, just happens to be the ace of this staff. At thirty years old, deGrom is having the best season of his career so far. At 5-2 with a 1.51 ERA, deGrom’s pitching has been absolutely unhittable this season. After coming in with little to no fanfare during his rookie campaign in 2014, he went on to win the National League Rookie of the year that season as a 26 year old. If he keeps up the way that he is pitching, he very well could add a Cy Young award to his trophy case.
We aren’t the Yankees
Undoubtedly the most hated franchise in all of sports, the Yankees are always billed as the “big brother” of the Mets. While they have certainly been around longer than the Mets, a large contingent of the city pulls for the team from Queens. It pains me to say that right now the Yankees look to have set themselves up well for the long run, and the Mets, not so much. There will be better days ahead however, and one day the city will be reclaimed from the Evil Empire.