Friday, October 20, 2006

New York Mets: Wait Till Next Year [J. Mark English]

"God, whose law it is that he who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget, falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God."” - Aeschylus

"Wait till next year." Sound familiar? It should to those who can remember what it was like to be a Brooklyn Dodgers fan prior to 1955. Or how about Red Sox fans before 2004. And even White Sox fans pre 2005.

Think back to how the New York Yankees lost to the Seattle Mariners in 1995, in game five of the ALDS, in extra innings at the Dome in the city that pours. The Yankees saw the Mariners come from behind and win, leaving them with nothing but despair.

Even worse, recall when just a few years ago, the Boston Red Sox, leading the New York Yankees in game 7, 5-2, with Pedro Martinez on the mound, surrendered the lead. And then in the bottom of the ninth, saw Aaron "frickin'" Boone send the Yankees into ecstacy, leaving the Sox to wonder if the 'curse' could ever be broken.

The Yankees in '96, and the Red Sox in '04 followed both of those tragic losses with a World Series victory, with the claim to be Champions of the World.

For the New York Mets, whom lost tonight in a heart breaking game, the hope is that this is only the beginning.

For the Yankees, 1995 marked the beginning of a dynasty.

The 2006 Mets will give way to a 2007 team with much promise. The pitching staff should be solid. Mike Pelfrey, Oliver Perez, Brian Bannister, John Maine lead a cast of young starters. Throw into the mix the return of Tom Glavine, El Duque, and midway through the season, Pedro Martinez. And who knows who they will go after in the off season...Barry Zito, Jason Schmidt, or even Dontrelle Willis. There is much hope with this staff.

The bullpen should also continue its success. Aaron Heilman, a healthy Duane Sanchez, Billy Wagner, Mota and so forth will all be returning.

The offense could be solidified with the acquistion of Alphonso Soriano, as well as the young players coming up such as Lastings Milledge.

The pain will reside. But the hope will remain.

For now, lets hope the Detroit Tigers show that they really are the team of destiny for this year. The D in Detroit may stand for Destiny, but the D in New York will stand for Dynasty.

Now my focus shifts to my other team, the New York Giants. They have a big game against Dallas on Monday night. Down with T.O. Down with Parcells. Make Tiki Barber's last season as special as it was for Jerome Bettis last year.