Featured Post: Lets Not Go Chasing Rainbows… Stay The Course

An article by posted on July 25, 2013

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This morning, I found myself motivated to chime in on a subject that has befuddled me all season long. What are we?

You’re talking about 60-something games left, so it’s going to be an uphill battle. It’s not just catching them, it’s you’ve got to pass other teams.

We were awful for a good portion of the year and we’ve been pretty damn good lately, but we dug ourselves such a hole that ‘pretty good’ is not going to cut it.

We’ve got to be real good. It’s going to be a tremendous challenge, but there’s not one person in here who doesn’t think we can do it, and it depends on if we continue to improve. – David Wright

After reading these comments by Wright this morning, I got the sense that some fans want to suddenly divert from the plan and march toward a very unlikely playoff spot. Of course we all want to win, but what does that mean exactly? And by that I mean in the context of this season and all the seasons still to come.

It’s important to note that what David Wright said is something that we’d expect him or any other team leader to say regardless if their team is five games back, 10 games back, or 20 games back. This is their competitive nature speaking and it’s great to hear, but as fans is that what you really want?

Shall we do what we did in 2005 and ditch the plan and go balls to the wall for the playoffs when there is so much more work to be done?

Has the rebuild, which was never really a full rebuild as the one Theo Epstein has going in Chicago, ended?

Are we now at the forefront of that dynasty we were told about that will bring years and years of sustainable success?

Of course not.

The New York Mets are still in rebuilding mode and after investing three years into this plan I’m not ready to toss it into the wood pile just yet

This team, as I see it, needs a shortstop, at least one outfielder if not two, and most likely a first baseman as well. I don’t want to see Terry Collins going on some wild and crazy “win-now” strategy that will have all the kids shuffled off to the side because we need to win some extra meaningless games that may have us finishing third instead of fourth. Sorry, but there’s no real joy in that for me.

I’ve been reading some of the posts on MetsBlog lately and I’ve got to say I’m pretty alarmed. They teeter back and forth everyday with every Mets win or loss. One day they hear the Mets are going to trade Bobby Parnell and Daniel Murphy, then we have these Giancarlo Stanton rumors, trading or not trading Marlon Byrd, and in the last three days there have been several posts about “if the Mets can do it”. Do what exactly?

What is the message over there? And if it’s all legitimately being spoon-fed to them by the front office as the official “Mets insiders”, why is their message so convoluted?

No.

I’m sorry, but my stance is no. The only thing this team has to do is stay the course.

If someone bowls us over for 35-year old Marlon Byrd, you trade him.

If someone offers a power bat for the outfield in exchange for 29-year old Bobby Parnell, you trade him.

There are no, ifs, ands or buts.

If making these trades weakens the team for 2013, but puts us closer to the goal of sustainable success you do it.

That’s what I signed up for when I put my trust in Sandy Alderson.

It will be sad to see Marlon Byrd go, but we do what we have to do, to get us closer to that brass ring. For all I know, next season Byrd can go pfft like Scott Hairston did this season. Remember all the tears some of you wasted on him this past Winter?

No.

We should not be buyers to bolster a pretend Wild Card chase in 2013. I don’t care what the Mets insiders are saying over there, we need to stay the course.

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