Sports Illustrated- New York Mets fans came ready and angry for the team's home opener at Citi Field on Monday.
Before the game against the Phillies, the Mets ran through their annual introductions of players and staff. When it came time for the trainers, Mets fans spoke up like they'd been looking forward to this moment ever since starter Zack Wheeler was slated for Tommy John surgery late last month.
Just listen to the boos escalate from the introduction of assistant trainer Brian Chicklo to head trainer Ray Ramirez.
How often is sports do we criticize the head coach, despite whether or not the General Manager has made enough moves to field a competitive team? How often does the highest paid player on roster become the scapegoat for an underperforming team? How often does a hockey goaltender take blame despite the lack of talent in front of him? How often does an NBA superstar receive the benefit of the doubt when his team fails to win a championship? I would say 90% of the time fans attribute a team's failures to the wrong person, or group of people.
For this reason, Met's fans should be commended. Not only for showing up to the stadium after decades of their franchise doing their best to make sure they stay home, but for blaming the right person for once. It's professional sports, injuries are going to happen. But how many times do they have to happen before a coincidence becomes a pattern? There's only a certain amount of misdiagnoses one fan base can witness before they point the finger at the men responsible for them. Let's be honest, the Mets turning staff could put Ironman on the DL. Two weeks in the Mets system and Will Smith's arm from 'iRobot' would need Tommy John surgery. The only thing the Mets training staff is trained in is damage control. I'm starting to think Popeye would do a better job of helping their pitching staff avoid season ending surgeries.
Has Fred Wilpon done a passable job of loosening up his purse strings? No. Has Sandy Alderson made the most of what he's been given? Most definitely not. However, it's hard to draw 4 Aces with a half a deck missing. Sometimes you got to start looking at the bottom to see why you're here.