Ok, so the loss of Matt Harvey goes pretty deep. The last time I had a reaction like that was back on July 30, 2004, when the Mets dealt Scott Kazmir to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Victor Zambrano and Bartolome Fortunato.
I have to say, though, that the team’s reactions and the articles I’ve seen posted here, elsewhere, and in print have all been exceptionally forward-looking. Maybe, we (as a team and a fan-support network) have finally turned the corner on ourselves.
We’re not saying, “here we go again” or “aaaagh” (well maybe I did momentarily think that on Monday night) but it seems different to me somehow. We aren’t rolling over and we aren’t saying, “we’re doomed”. This isn’t Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown.
The Mets have had history of losing, which dates back to the beginning of the Franchise. They drafted players well past their prime and went through years of being the “lovable losers”. Casey Stengel called them, “The Metsies”.