The apple does not fall far from the tree. Fred Wilpon is fixated on baseball’s past. So are fans of the New York Mets. The only difference is Mr. Wilpon is obsessed with the Brooklyn Dodgers while Mets fans are stuck on the 1986 New York Mets. So much so they still celebrate and talk endlessly about that epic World Series against the Boston Red Sox, particularly Game 6.
I can honestly say I am tired of it. Where was I during Game 6? Who cares! What are Mets fans really celebrating? Maybe they are celebrating the fact the team has not brought a championship since then. Maybe they are just trying to cover up their sorrows over the fact the team has not gotten to the playoffs since 2006. Perhaps their thoughts are along the lines of: “Well we don’t have a championship now. That one was amazin’. Let’s keep it alive”.
Please do not misunderstand what I am trying to say here. It was a great World Series. It was memorable. The Mets did not look like they were going to win it. Yet they came from behind in the oddest of ways and won it all.
Let’s Go Mets! Let’s Go…1986 Mets! There lies the problem. Mets fans are forever stuck in 1986. It is not just the 25th anniversary of the ball going through Buckner’s legs. Every year the Mets do nothing, the 1986 Mets are brought up. You are not stuck in 2000 when the Mets made it to the World Series. You are not stuck in 2006 when they were one game away from the Fall Classic. You want to forever be stuck in 1986 when the New York Mets were running this town.
You do not want to think about the team as it is now with their key player, Jose Reyes perhaps walking away. Nor do you want to face the fact GM Sandy Alderson is not going to be a big buyer despite the contracts that have fallen off the payroll. The fences changing are not that important to you right now either. Why? The 1986 Mets had their problems with their drug use and drinking. It ruined the career of Doc Gooden. He did not even go to the parade. Yet you are fixated. Some of you do not even remember it because you were too little. You have just watched it on DVD or ESPN Classic or SNY.
I am here to tell you it is time to get over it. Let it go. Face up to today and what is happening with the team now. Personally, I am all about “what did the 2011 Mets do for me?” What will the 2012 Mets do for me? How about 2013? What will the minors produce for us? Is there another Gooden or Darryl Strawberry? Of course not! Those guys were special. They were unique as is every player that becomes a part of this team. It is not fair to the future New York Mets to want another 1986 team. Give it a rest!
Fans of the New York Rangers do not still celebrate the 1994 Stanley Cup. New York Jets fans do not celebrate the 1969 Super Bowl championship. The attitude is “what have you done for me lately?” That is the way it should be. Keep obsessing about the 1986 Mets and you will find yourself in a deep grave because you will be disappointed. Let the past remain in the past. Live in the present and look toward a future that has yet to be written.
To get my full opinion on this topic, check out the latest episode of The 5 Tool Show that I did on Tuesday.