NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 10:54 AM
Give thanks to the Blue Jays for giving up Noah Syndergaard in that R.A. Dickey deal.
Thursday will be a special Thanksgiving for Mets fans. For the first time in forever they can go the family party, meet that cousin or nephew who is an annoying Yankee fan and not have to take any crap. They won’t have to answer questions about why the Mets are so bad or why Terry Collins is still the manager or what it’s like to be playing golf by the first week of October.
Talk about giving thanks.
But not having their chops busted is just one of many things Mets fans can be thankful for this holiday season. Here are a few more.
1. THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS
There is a big event in NYC on Thursday, so it’s a good bet Noah Syndergaard will be there (I’m half-expecting a Thor balloon to come down the street). And whenever Mets fans see old Noah with his crazy eyes and long hair, they can thank our friends to the north, who were so desperate to get an aging knuckle-baller, they sent Thor and d’Arnaud to the Mets. Hell, they even took Josh Thole off our hands. Syndergaard, as long as he can avoid going to Islanders games once the season starts, is going to be a stud in the Mets rotation for a long time. Thanks Jays.
Yoenis Cespedes is only a Met thanks to the doctor who spotted a problem with Carlos Gomez.
2. CARLOS GOMEZ’ DOCTOR
At some point during the season, some medical professional checked out Carlos Gomez, and somewhere, either in a note or an MRI or X-ray, caught a glimpse of a potential hip problem. That issue was flagged by someone with the Mets and negated what would have been a disastrous trade for the Mets. If Gomez gets a clean bill of health, the Mets never get the Wilmer walkoff, no longer have Zack Wheeler and never get Yoenis Cespedes. Gomez was OK for Houston, but we all know the Mets don’t get to the Series, maybe not even the playoffs, without Wilmer and Yoenis.
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Thanks to Chase Utley’s takeout slide of Ruben Tejada the Mets found a rallying cry.
3. CHASE UTLEY
Yes, you are reading that right, give thanks for Chase Utley. In one 2-second act of dirty baseball, ol’ Chase galvanized a Met team for a deep October run. Hell, he even made Ruben Tejada, a guy Mets fans didn’t even want on the team in spring training, a cult hero. Who knows what happens if the Mets just lose Game 2 in L.A. in regular fashion. That one play gave the Mets an edge that carried them past the Dodgers and the Cubs. While we’re at it, let’s thank Utley’s former team for being soooooooooo terrible.
4. DARREN MEENAN
No, this isn’t another star the Jays threw in with Thor and d’Arnaud, Darren is the guy behind The7Line Army. With his T-shirts, group outings and overall love of the Mets, this cat has done the impossible: made it cool to be a Mets fan.
There’s nobody we would rather listen to than ex-Mets World Series star Keith Hernandez.
5. KEITH HERNANDEZ
Not only did this dude lead the Mets to their only World Series title in the last 30 years, he gives us some good yuks whenever he’s in the SNY booth. Is there anything better than hearing Keith sigh during an awful game or having him rip the Mets or the other team for bad baseball? Gary and Ron are tremendous as well, along with Howie Rose and Josh Lewin. I mean, where else can you get a Mets game and obscure “Saved By The Bell” references in the same place?
6. MATT WILLIAMS
The Mets’ road to the NL East title was extra sweet this year, not only because our boys got it done, they did it at the expense of perhaps the worst manager in the history of baseball. Who knows what would have happened if the Nats had someone competent in their dugout (and I don’t think we are going to find out next year as well), but having Williams on our side all season was a big help. We’ll miss you, Matt.
7. JOHN MAYBERRY JR.
There have been terrible Mets over the years, way too many to count, but this guy stood head and shoulders below the rest. His appearance in the cleanup spot vs. Clayton Kershaw on July 23 was so pitiful that even the Baseball Maverick himself realized major fixes were needed. So thank you John Mayberry for sucking so bad and waking up our GM. Hopefully, he gets a full playoff share.
8. DRUG TESTING
There are times when I wonder what the 2015 Mets would have been if Jenrry Mejia had started the season as the closer. Sure, he would have locked down a few saves and likely blown a few, but he would have been good enough to keep the job, but shaky enough that Bobby Parnell would have been given a chance, all the while Jeurys Familia would have been dominating in the 8th-innimng roll. But Mejia got snagged not once, but twice, and the job was Familia’s and he did a great job. So give thanks to the cats who kept Mejia out of way most of the season.
9. SOCIAL MEDIA
Just where would Mets fans be without Twitter and blogs and Facebook? I’ll tell you where: in their basements watching Mets games talking to themselves and the TV. But through the magic of Twitter and the multiple Mets blogs and Facebook, all of us nuts can now talk and scream and rip each other on our smart phones and lap tops. Have a funny one-liner about Eric Campbell? Now you can share it with an entire audience. Want to rip the Wilpons? Just let your magic fingers do the typing. It’s a wonderful thing knowing we are not alone in our Mets’ obsession. It’s like one, big, insane family.
10. MR. MET
Forget David Wright or Matt Harvey, this big-headed lug is THE face of the franchise. No matter what is happening with the Mets, he’s always there with that big smile on his face. The Mets even saddled him with a girlfriend during baseball season and he still smiles. It’s that eternal optimism of Mr. Met that keeps us all going, even in the bad times. There really is a little piece of all of us in Mr. Met (especially those of us with huge feet and heads). So give thanks to Mr. Met and all of the above for keeping it real, and giving Mets fans a season they will never forget.