Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 9/21/12

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There are some bad teams around the league playing some bad baseball, but the New York Mets are worse than all those teams.  Tonight the Mets got taken to the woodshed by a proud Phillies team that has put there early season struggles behind and managed to become somewhat relevant in the wild card chase. The Mets, who lost by a score of 16-1 and were outhit 21-3, have gone in the opposite direction, falling from relevancy almost the day the second half started.  As things go from bad to worse tonight’s disaster featured Jeremy Hefner doing something only 18 other Mets starters have ever done; fail to record an out.


Losers of five straight and 10 of their last 11, the team is now left to answer questions about whether or not they have quit.  Seriously, reporters ask Terry Collins if the team has quit and then Terry tells the reporters to ask the players.  As if the players are going to say “Yeah, we’ve pretty much turned the engines off and are going to put it in park for the rest of the season.”  The media doesn’t need to ask Terry, or the players, just ask the fans.  Tonight’s attendance of 20,010 was the smallest in Citi Field history.  What does that tell you?  To me it says that some of the most loyal fans in baseball are finally sick and tired of supporting this team.  Ownership has refused to infuse this team with talent via free agency and the front office, in part due to the financial constraints passed down upon them, has failed miserably at building a competitive team.

The players can say they haven’t quit, Terry Collins can hint at the fact that they did, and in the meantime we can all wait for Sandy Alderson (@MetsGM) to get on Twitter and hope he makes a witty comment about his dog Buddy.  In the end, here is what we know for sure:

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Maybe the Mets have quit. Maybe they haven’t. Either way, they’re really bad at baseball these days. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @McCulloughSL Andy McCullough

Add to that another fact, fans are fed up with it.  I’m not sure what kind of lackluster effort the Mets will put forth in these coming days but I do know that there will be less and less people in the stands to see it.  I also believe that’s exactly what ownership deserves and can only hope that it helps convince them to put a better product on the field come 2013.

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