Do you sense that, Mets fans? Anticipation is in the air, optimism is in our minds and hope is in our hearts. No need to pinch yourself, that's our new reality this Spring Training.
No more second fiddle. No more little brother. No more watching Quadruple-A talent battle it out for roster spots. For the first time in what feels like forever, the Mets are operating like a major-market team. Steve Cohen has put the New York back in front of Mets.
It's a new day indeed.
You know that Mets group chat that used to double as a therapy session with your buddies? I bet it's done a 180, hasn't it? It started with the Cohen news and hasn't stopped since. Sure, there's been a few LOL Mets moments this offseason but even those washed away rather than leaving the stains they did in years past.
That's a telling sign.
Lindor, and Carrasco, and McCann, and Walker, and May, oh, my! Pete and Dom have another year under their belts, McNeil looks jacked up, Noah is progressing, the Stro show is ready to shine and deGrom is already throwing 99-mph seeds. Good. Vibes. Only.
There's a camaraderie about this squad. I know there's always a sense of happiness when the guys first report. Good teams become great teams when they become family. There's a core in place that's formed a strong bond in recent years. Now that core knows the pieces are in place around them to do what they haven't before: Win the whole damn thing.
Jacob deGrom was throwing 99 MPH at camp today:— SNY (@SNYtv) February 23, 2021
"It's getting ridiculous" - Luis Rojas pic.twitter.com/por7DRPQZy
If you're hitting the final home game on Thursday at Citi Field, swing by the Marina Lot to see some friends, maybe meet some new ones, and responsibly wash down your sorrows before heading inside.