Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 6/14/12

Try as you may, this 2012 New York Mets team will not let you quit on them.  It seems to be a theme, especially since this team has been labeled ‘overachievers’ all season long.  That kind of label makes people wonder when everything will come crashing down and the Mets will be the cellar dwellers most experts predicted out of Spring.  Now I’m not saying there haven’t been times fans have felt that demise was imminent, but without fail, the team fights off the doubt.

I remember back in early May when the Mets were swept by Houston and lost the series opener to Arizona to fall back to .500.  I thought to myself, oh well, it was fun while it lasted.  The practical side of me thought that this might be a .500 team to start the season but I let them convince me they were better than just average.  As soon as I let myself come down to earth, they rip off a 5-game winning streak including a sweep of the not-so-mighty Phillies.  They haven’t fallen back to .500 since that time, but that doesn’t mean they’ve let fans completely off the roller coaster.

Less than a few weeks after sweeping the Phils in Philadelphia, the two teams squared off at Citi Field.  New York had a 3-1 leading heading into the 8th inning and was on their way to another series victory.   By the time the game was over, the Phillies walked off the field 10-6 winners and even though it was only one loss, it felt a lot worse.  Former Met Carlos Beltran and the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals were heading into town for a 4-game set and letting one slip away to a division rival stung.

The cure for that down moment?  How about Johan Santana walking to the mound the very next game and throwing the first no-hitter in franchise history?  That’s exactly what happened on June 1, 2012 and a completely new level of pride was instilled in Mets fans.  For a while it seemed like nothing could knock us off our collective cloud nine, but after some horrendous defense and poor performance after poor performance by the bullpen, the team dropped 6 of their last 7 as they entered Monday’s series opener against the Rays.  Did I mention that the last 3 losses came in the form of a sweep at the hands of the Yankees……gulp.

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To say that confidence was sketchy at best in Mets land would be an understatement, especially with Tampa Bay (which sported a 35-25 record to start the series) smelling blood in the water.  The Mets weren’t overwhelmed by the challenge, destroying the Rays by the count of 11-2 in the opener and setting the stage for a record breaking performance by R.A. Dickey last night.  He was flat out #RADickulous once again, setting the franchise record for the most innings pitched without allowing a run.  Overall Dickey K’d a career-high 12 on the night, got the complete game victory, moved to 10-1 on the season and allowed only one unearned run.

In fact, Dickey was just one questionable call away from collecting a no-hitter of his own, a call Terry Collins plans on appealing.  Still, with R.A. on pace for an All-Star game start and being mentioned atop the NL Cy Young candidate list, fans are smiles again.

at this point, R.A. Dickey, who had 0 or 1 win in 6 of 1st 10 yrs after making majors, deserves to start A-S Game #mets about 13 hours ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @JonHeymanCBS Jon Heyman

Hats off to @RADickey43 on his 10th win and the new @Mets record for consecutive scoreless innings!!! Truly #AMAZIN !! about 13 hours ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @DocGooden16 Dwight Gooden

The bottom line is that this New York Mets team doesn’t quit and time after time now they’ve given fans reasons to embody that no-quit attitude.  Sure, you may get close to shutting the television off when they get down late in a game, but then you might miss one of their ‘cagey’ comeback victories.  You might see some sloppy play in the field or watch the bullpen blow a lead, but no matter how down you get, this team has shown they’re capable of picking you back up.  The 2012 Mets have shown that they can do some special things and that this might just be a special season and in the end, how can you quit on that?

that was fun tonight. i love our cagey team. thanks everyone. about 11 hours ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @RADickey43 R.A. Dickey

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