Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 12/26/12

The date is September 30, 2007. You’re sitting in the Mezzanine level of Shea Stadium in Flushing, Queens, getting ready to watch your beloved Mets take on the Florida Marlins in the final game of the season. Win, and you’re in the playoffs. Lose, and you’re heading home. With seventeen games left to go in the season, my Mets had held a 7-game lead over the 2nd place Phillies. A lead any team should have been able to hold on to. But not the Mets. Over the last three weeks of the season, their starting pitching struggled, their bullpen stumbled and their offensive production plummeted. As I watched every night in dismay, my team’s spot in the playoffs became more and more uncertain. Stumbling into the final game, we still had a chance to make the playoffs. The crowd was rowdy and excited, and still hopeful that they’d be cheering on their team in October, just like they had the year before. Then Tom Glavine gave up seven runs in the top of the first inning, and all that hope evaporated. (yikes) via aboutcancer.com While the anguish felt by the Flushing faithful that night was heart-wrenching, it wasn’t an unfamiliar feeling. It’s something life-long Met fans expect and something younger fans grow more and more used to every season. Year after year, terrible ownership and questionable management along with player performances that fail to meet expectations (Jason Bay, I’m talking to you) have plagued the Mets and have kept them one of the bottom-feeders of the National League. While our cross-town rival Yankees sign free agents every winter who almost always pan out, we met fans watch our signings accomplish little to nothing, usually injuring themselves in the process. All that said, I must give credit where credit is due. The first half of last season far surpassed anything most fans could’ve possibly hoped for. Johan Santana finally delivered us our long overdue no-hitter, and watching R.A. Dickey buckle the knees of the entire league every 5 days made being a Met fan fun for only about the third time in my entire life. But in typical Mets style, they came out of the All-Star break ready to continue their unexpected success, and instead finished off July with a 4-14 record—basically the Mets in a nutshell. Despite the constant heartbreak, there’s reason to look forward to the future. The trade sending R.A. Dickey to Toronto last week brought back a solid core of players including highly-praised catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud. Moreover, the re-signing of David Wright assured that the face of our franchise and the current longest tenured Met on the roster will be calling Citi Field home until 2020. Though they may not seem as formidable on paper as other teams in the league, there’s some reason to believe the pain and distress that typically goes along with being a Mets fan could subside within the next few seasons. -O’Hare

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Arthur Blank diagnosed with prostate cancer

Browns deny coverup of Manziel showing up drunk at practice

Jimmy Butler will miss 3-4 weeks with knee strain

Phil Jackson justifies firing Fisher with psychology lesson

Emmitt Smith takes shot at Colin Kaepernick

Eli Manning explains why he made face during Super Bowl

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

John Elway: ‘No deadline’ for Peyton Manning decision

Titans release former Pro Bowl safety Michael Griffin

Maple Leafs trade Dion Phaneuf to Senators in blockbuster deal

Tom Brady says he’s not among the greatest QBs ever

Bosh: ‘Scary part’ is Aldridge, Spurs can get better

‘The X-Files’ takes a shot at the Philadelphia 76ers

Ranking the top 50 NFL players slated to become free agents

Jay Williams advocates for pot as painkiller for athletes

Photographer uninjured in SB collision with Corey Brown

Did Messi outbid Ronaldo for most expensive car?

Newton erotic novella ‘Dabbin’ with Cam’ released on Amazon

In Inglewood, representation by NFL may come with taxation

Mets will be present for two Royals’ WS ceremonies

Best and worst free agent signings of 2016 MLB offseason

McShay: Attending Michigan signing day a 'mistake'

Wofford sets NCAA 3-point FG percentage record

Phil Jackson reunion with Lakers possible?

Would it be smart for the Broncos to franchise Von Miller?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker