By: Adam Pasternak
I was reading a great article by Bob Raissman of the Daily News, where he discusses whether the lack of offseason moves by the New York Yankees could result in Yankee fans switching over to the Mets. This got me thinking, are the Mets about to take over the Yankees position as New Yorks team?
Hear me out before you decide to bash me in the comments section at the bottom of the article. The Yanks made a great acquisition in SS/2B Starlin Castro, only giving up Adam Warren. It does improve the team, but not compared to what the rest of the division is shaping up to look like. It’s unusual for the Yankees to not be at least be mentioned in the same sentence as any top end free agents. With the Winter Meetings over, it seems as if the Yankees are staying with the status quo this offseason. Although this is a smart move in order to conserve payroll and build the farm system, the Yankees also have a core of aging players, and the window to win now is closing, if it is not closed already. The Yankees are in an interesting middle ground between competing and rebuilding, and GM Brian Cashman seem to not know which direction to take the team.
The Yankees failed to make the playoffs last season while the Mets made an inspirational run to the World Series, where they were essentially dominated by a much more experienced Kansas City Royals team. After seeing what such a young team could do, the Mets’ management decided that the rebuild was complete, and signed some veterans to compliment their exceptional young core. They quickly added Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera which instantly improves their infield. Yes, the loss of Yoenis Cespedes is huge but ultimately it wont hurt them as much as people think. Their young – yet dominant – pitching staff is more than capable of leading this team back to the World Series next year, even with a middling-at-best offense. With a long playoff run under their belts, the Mets come into the 2016 season with experience and with a chip on their shoulders. They don’t just want to be good; they want to be great; they want to be champions. Just like the Royals two years ago, the Mets were a young and unexperienced team thst magically made it to the World Series and lost. They want it badly, and will do whatever it takes to get back there again and win it, just like the Royals did this season. This is more than enough of a reason for why the Mets should be New Yorks team, over the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers had their time, but now it’s the Mets turn.
Of course the die hard Yankees fans will still cheer for the Yankees, but it is the new, young generation of New Yorker’s who will become Mets fans. With the youth the Mets have, it is easier for the younger generation to cheer for and relate too these players. Personally, I love the young players in the league. They are the new generation of baseball. They have outgoing personalities and egos, and aren’t afraid of being in the spotlight. They are fun to watch and are easier to relate to, especially with many of them on social media – it makes us feel like we are a part of their lives. The Mets have tons of these young, future stars of the league and are only going to improve. The Mets are taking over New York (and the MLB), and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be the top dog in New York.
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