For the first time in a decade, Mets fans actually have plenty of things for which to be thankful on this Thanksgiving Day.
The Mets were just in the World Series. The freaking World Series! For the first time in 15 years. Who saw that coming? Yes, they lost, and that was disappointing. But is anyone really devastated? It was just so unexpected and a gift to get there that losing wasn’t that big of a deal.
Of course, it gives the Mets huge expectations going into 2016. And that is something for which to be thankful. When was the last time there were any expectations? That would be 2009, and there will not be a repeat of that disaster.
That’s because of the stellar young pitching, the biggest thing for which we give thanks. It is a Murderers Row of pitching. It has a chance to be a rotation for the ages.
The Mets still have David Wright. And although he will probably never be the player he once was, he is still the face of the franchise. Not a bad guy to represent the team.
Jeurys Familia came out of nowhere to be one of the most dominant closers in baseball. How many times did we thank him last season? The answer is 43
Michael Conforto is a budding star. Sandy Alderson won’t say it, but I suspect he thinks Conforto will be the huge bat in the middle of the lineup, making up for the probable loss of Yoenis Cespedes. He might be right.
Speaking of Alderson, yes, we are thankful for him. He made the mid-season moves that put the Mets over the top. Can he work the same magic this off-season?
And Terry Collins. He may not be the best tactician in the world, but he held this team together during some really rough patches over the years and took them to the Fall Classic.
The Mets are not a perfect team and there is still work to do. But we are still riding that thrilling October and we will be wearing those post-season shirts for years. And that’s something fo which to be thankful.