Four Ways for Mets Fans to Survive the Offseason
The New York Mets season ended over one month ago, and now baseball is done. While the Mets won’t start the next season until March 31, 2014, offseason trade and free agent acquisition rumors are reaching a simmer.
The Mets have not made the postseason since 2006. Next year is expected to be brighter than recent years, but just finishing the season with a winning record would be an accomplishment in itself.
Despite how far the Mets are from relevance, fans will still miss their team throughout the fall and winter. Making fun of the team and ranting about how bad they are helps ease the pain, but once the players are not out on the field anymore, there is less to complain about. The loneliness increases exponentially throughout the winter. But don’t panic! Here are a few tips on how to get through the offseason for those who are true to the orange and blue:
1) Watch other sports
There are several other New York teams to follow from November to April. The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets play basketball, the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants and New York Jets play football and the New York Islanders and New York Rangers play hockey.
Some Mets fans are fortunate enough to root for successful teams in different sports, but for others the fall and winter lead to more frustration and heartache. If your main passion is baseball, these other sports will only partially fill the void.
2) Watch old highlights
The Mets lost 88 of their 162 games this past season, but there were sporadic moments of triumph. It is hard to imagine that Ike Davis hit any home runs in 2013, but the ones that he did hit were towering shots worthy of watching again.
Any Mets walk-off victory is an astonishing feat. The Mets came back from a considerable ninth-inning deficit to walk off against the San Francisco Giants in mid-September against a closer who led the Giants to a World Series title in 2012.
And in case you forgot, the Mets swept the New York Yankees in Citi Field and Yankee Stadium, an event even rarer than a meteor striking Earth.
3) Stir Up the Hot Stove
The Mets need a first baseman, outfielder (or five), relief pitchers and a couple of starting pitchers. Fans have their own opinions of the team’s most pressing needs. Since there are no current Mets games to discuss in the offseason, there is plenty of room for debate and speculation.
Is Daniel Murphy worth a one-year, $5.8 million contract through arbitration? Will anyone from the minor leagues establish themselves? Will the Mets shock the baseball world with a groundbreaking trade or free-agent acquisition?
Twitter is a great forum to discuss these topics. Mets fans are awake at all hours to defend their favorite players and use Mets humor to joke about their daily lives. Rest assured, you are not alone in your unhealthy obsession with the Mets.
4) Take a Tour of Citi Field
If you literally cannot wait until Opening Day to return to Citi Field, you can take a tour. Instead of just watching from their seats, fans can take to the field, enter the dugout, clubhouse or press box and even check out the Mets Hall of Fame.
The walking tours begin on November 9 and last one hour. And the best part is that the Mets cannot lose!
Tickets cost $13 for adults and $9 for seniors and children 12 years old and under.