I was driving into work this morning and was listening to Richard Neer on WFAN. He was talking about the Yankees and Braves success over the past 20 years. He was saying how the Braves and Yankees have made the playoffs virtually every year, and it’s not really about getting to the post season, it’s about winning championships.
The championship comment obviously applies more to the Yankees then the Braves. However, the Braves get into the postseason with the same regularity as the Yankees, they just have not sealed the deal as much as the Bronx Bombers have.
It’s just frustrating to think even about this. These teams make it to the postseason year in and year out. Yankee fans don’t even care about the regular season, or worry about it, because they know they will be there in the end. All that matters to them is getting to the post season and trying to win another World Series.
They don’t have to stress over every pitch and every move as we Met fans do, because when the dust settles they will be in the playoffs no matter how many injuries they have, or how good the other teams in their division are. They are always good enough to get in and with us it’s always the exact opposite.
We as Mets fans get excited just at the thought of meaningful games in September as if that itself is some sort of grand achievement.
It just baffles me how after 51 seasons as a franchise, we still haven’t tasted a successful run of championship caliber baseball. We’ve only made back to back postseason appearances once under Bobby Valentine – that’s the extent of our one run – assuming you could call two consecutive seasons a run at all.
Let’s not pretend that we haven’t tried this building from within strategy before. Our history is full of phases like this and no sustained postseason run has ever come from it. This is nothing new or something 20 or more other MLB teams aren’t already doing as well.
Are we ever going to move past this?
Will this franchise ever get to a time when we too could enjoy a decade long stretch of winning baseball?
Or are we doomed to what we’ve always done which is an occasional great season every 25 years, or one maybe two, playoff berths every 10 years?
That’s simply not good enough for me and it’s getting old.