The New York Yankees have been the best baseball team in New York for the past decade or so. The New York Mets have been playing second fiddle to the Yankees since their inception in 1962. Other than the Miracle Mets of 1969, the 1986 World Series title run and the Subway Series in 2000, Mets fans have nothing to cheer about. Disappointing seasons have been common for them.
In the words of the great musician Bob Dylan: The Times are A-Changin.
The Yankees are old. Derek Jeter is 40 years old, Alex Rodriguez is 38 and facing a career threatening suspension. Ichiro Suzuki is 40 and is at the twilight of his career. Mark Teixeira is 33 and is coming off season ending wrist surgery and is considered to be a Untradeable Albatross.
The Mets are young and up and coming. Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson has created his future core which consists of Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese and Travis d’Arnaud. Both Harvey and Wheeler have both shown this season that they can make a future one-two punch in the Mets pitching rotation. Sadly, Matt Harvey had Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire 2014 season.
Despite being strapped for cash (blame Bernie Madoff for that) the Mets have a solid core of young players in their main roster and farm system that can possibly win a World Series in the coming years. With the Yankees however, they are relying on the free agent pool. Most free agents are not going to bolt to another team for the highest dollar. Instead they might stay with the same team for less money. The luxury of free agents for the Yankees may not come to them in the future.
The Yankees will always win the front and back pages of newspapers. The Mets are rebuilding. They are not going to sign a big name to a huge contract or do any blockbuster trades. They are going to settle for under the radar trades and signings and developing their talents. It will be a slow process but it will be worth it for Mets fans. Pretty soon, the Mets will take over New York in terms of winning on the field.
Just be patient Mets fans. The future is bright.