With Spring Training just a few weeks away, it is finally time to put the past behind us and focus on the future. The 2007 season is six months of our lives that we will never get back. But the 2008 season is one through which we still have to live. So what do the Mets have to do in 2008 to make us once again, “believe“?
Pitching, pitching, pitching. Technically the off-season is not over yet. But let’s face it , there have been no moves to improve or strengthen the starting rotation or bullpen. The only way the pitching can redeem itself, is to just pitch well. Plain and simple.
As a team, the Mets just have to win. Under normal circumstances, I could accept not winning as long as they put on a great show. But after the disappointment we suffered last year, losing is not acceptable.
Take a lead, and hold it. Too many times in 2007, we saw the Mets score first, and then die. They would give up a lead and never attempt a comeback. They need to realize that no lead is safe, and regardless of how many runs they are up, they still need to score more.
Feast or Famine. I remember too well from last season how the Mets would score up-teen runs one night, and one, if that, the next. I know I said no matter how big the lead, you still need to tack on, but how about saving some for tomorrow? I know I sound a bit contradictory, but you get my drift.
Cop an attitude. The Mets lost probably the best guy for the job of firing up the team when they didn’t resign Paul LoDuca. But if he couldn’t do it, does that mean no one can? In 2006, we saw a team full of energy, life, passion, and spunk. We all agreed that those things were lacking in 2007. This team needs to turn their personalities around or they are in for another let down.
I guess we’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed that everything falls into place. And, at least if it doesn’t, we’ll always have blogging.