I finally got around to reading R.A. Dickey’s book and one part stood out to me. Dickey talked about conquering fears and managing regrets. I don’t know if this is something he came up with himself or if it is merely therapist-speak – both seem equally likely – but I thought it was a nice phrase and I think it can be applied to fans of the 2013 Mets, too.
It seems to me that you could come up with a bunch of things to put in this category but they essentially boil down to two things:
1. Do the Mets have enough money to compete for titles?
2. Is Sandy Alderson the right guy to be in charge?
As for the first item, it certainly isn’t as much fun to be competing with a $95 million payroll when the memories of a $149 million payroll are so fresh in our minds. I will not argue that a big-market team should not have a big-market payroll. But if you want to conquer this fear, take a look at the last 10 World Series winners. Eight of the 10 winners had a payroll no gre...