Remember when the Mets were “taking over New York” about a month and a half ago? In early July, they came to Yankee Stadium and kicked the Bombers down to a .500 record. They were 41-41 on July 4 while the Mets were 43-37 but leading the NL East by 3.5 games.
The standings don’t tell the entire story, though. It gets worse for the Mets. Man, who would’ve though a lousy Barstool personality pronouncing the Yankees’ season dead on July 4 would’ve come back to … change the entire narrative and turn the Mets back into the Mets?
At this point, shouldn’t their fans know better? Have they not been alive for the last three decades?
Let’s go in chronological order based on what’s happened over the past week for the Mets. It certainly starts earlier than Aug. 25 with Steve Cohen calling out the offense, but this is a good bookmark for the true chaos.
After Taijuan Walker was removed from the game against the San Francisco Giants, Aaron Loup gave up a late two-run double to relinquish the lead. And that’s when Mets fans started chanting “Fire Rojas,” referring to manager Luis Rojas.
The Mets are back to being a laughingstock. All is right in the world for Yankees fans.
The man who was beloved a few weeks back? Now we want him fired because of a pitching change? Mets fans also pretend like Rojas is unilaterally responsible for the daily lineup cards, complaining about Dom Smith not being in the lineup against lefties, among other things. Don’t you get it by now? The front office runs the show for every MLB team.
Not Rojas’ fault! We’re sure some stuff is, but it’s definitely not that.
Then, a couple days later, Mr. Positive Marcus Stroman who never pays any mind to criticism or “bad vibes” decided to call out Mets beat writer Deesha Thosar for … appropriately assessing the team’s awful play since the trade deadline. They’re a robust 9-19 since then and have gotten battered by some of the league’s top teams, in addition to losing a combined six of seven vs the Marlins and Phillies.
Once again, Stroman, who champions positivity and makes it known at every turn that he refuses to even address anything he deems “toxic” … is addressing exactly that publicly. On a large scale.
And finally, we have Sunday. The Mets won and took the series against the Washington Nationals! People should be happy, right?
Well, not everyone!
Whether you agree with the players’ response to the fans or not, it’s clear this group of guys cannot handle criticism and are fueling the current dumpster fire in Queens. Sure, Mets fans have been harsh this year, but it’s because they expect a lot from their team and want to see success.
When the Yankees were 41-41 and fans were nearing a social uprising, did we see Giancarlo Stanton and Aroldis Chapman teaming up to stick it to everyone in the crowd who had been being mean to them?
And of all players, Javier Baez, who’s been with the team for a month, had the stones to explain this new anti-fan celebration to the media after Sunday’s game. Couldn’t it have been … anyone else?
Though the back pages for all the New York papers/tabloids don’t necessarily tell the entire story, these certainly do. Mets fans (the delusional ones, at least) spent the first half of the year bragging about how they were going to run away with the division and how the Yankees were a colossal disappointment.
Now? Order is restored. Time is a flat circle.