The Off-Season Phases Of New York Mets Fans

We all have the plan that is going to make the Mets successful in 2014–sign this guy, trade that guy–we’ve heard every possible combination out there, but does it ever really go as we plan?

Every Mets fan goes through four phases during the off-season: excitement, heart break, anger, and eventually acceptance.

The excitement comes with all the different scenarios regarding who the Mets could and should sign to make them contenders again. We start masterminding trades, and we all have “the solution.”

The heart break comes when you see every free agent slowly getting signed, one-by-one, with other teams.

Then anger sets in: “This organization is full of idiots! Why didn’t we jump on that guy?”

Then we finally have acceptance: “These guys could compete, look at the Athletics.”

Is this the year that the Mets finally keep us in the excitement phase? It’s still too early to tell. But all signs are pointing to the Mets finally doing some shopping this winter, instead of making a wish list…right?

I mean, that’s what we have been told.

I just read on Metsblog that the Mets plan on spending $30-40 million this winter. It sounds awesome until you read reports that every team should have about $25 million in new revenue from National television deals. That would mean that the Mets are basically spending the new revenue, and not coming over the top with additional money that they would have spent to really push the team into contention.

Were the Mets originally only planning to spend between $5 million and $15 million this winter?

It’s like they were walking to the candy store and found a $5 bill on the ground. However, instead of spending the $5 they just found, and the $2 in their pocket that they originally planned to spend, they are keeping the original $2 in their pocket and only spending the $5 they found.

We could be on our way to a full blown, $7 sugar rush, but instead, they’re saving some money for tomorrow. If I learned anything from Apollo in the Rocky movies it’s that “there is no tomorrow!” Keep planning for tomorrow, and you squander away today.

If there is anything else I learned from the Rocky movies, it’s that the Mets have lost the eye of the tiger. Other teams are reportedly aggressively making offers to free agents and the Mets seem to be lackadaisically making phone calls.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of squandering away today for some pipe dream one or two years away. The time is now…THERE IS NO TOMORROW!