The New York Mets have found their fair share of ways to make things interesting over the years. With no shade of doubt, the Mets did just that to start their 2021 campaign. It just feels like each year, every Met fan tells themselves, “This would only happen to us”, or “The Mets will always Mets.”
In their first year under new ownership, Met fans everywhere were hopeful that the tides would change. Steve Cohen, hedge fund manager worth over 14 billion dollars purchased the Mets in November; making him the richest owner in MLB history. In his first press conference, Cohen stated his goals were to win a World Series within 3-5 years. At this very moment Mets fans grew an abundance of hope. But we’re the Mets…This can’t be true! But now we have the richest owner in baseball history! Is this real life?
Unfortunately, just because some billionaire says he’s going to win the World Series, doesn’t mean he will. After the official purchase of the Mets, Steve Cohen would soon experience his own share of curveballs. After firing newly hired general manager, Jared Porter for sexual misconduct, Cohen would be under fire himself. When the investment platform Robinhood shut down, investors blamed billionaires like Cohen for illegally manipulating the stock market. After deactivating twitter, being MIA in the media for weeks, and not making any moves in the baseball world, Cohen would make his final splash the day before the Mets’ opening day. Cohen would pull off extending newly acquired Francisco Lindor to a franchise record, 10-year $341 million dollar contract. Ok, so we aren’t the same old Mets anymore? Wrong.
Just hours after the Lindor announcement broke the internet, the Nationals would postpone their Opening Day series against New York due to multiple positive COVID tests within their organization. The Mets’ opening day would eventually get pushed back twice and was scheduled for a gloomy Monday afternoon in Philadelphia. The Mets took the field behind a dominant Jacob deGrom performance. But like always, deGrom would not get the run support he needed, and the offense squandered another gem by the best pitcher on earth. Jacob deGrom was pulled after just 77 pitches, giving the bullpen the opportunity to open the floodgates after giving up five runs in the bottom of the 8th.
Things would only get weirder from there. Over the next week, the Mets would get rained out three times, and snowed out once. Yes, snowed out. On Sunday, April 11, Marcus Stroman took the mound for the Metropolitans, only to get rained out after the first inning. Stroman would voice his frustration after the game, tweeting out that “it was not smart at all”, when referring to manager Luis Rojas letting him start a game, they knew would get postponed.
Adding to the overall oddities the Mets have faced, star players Michael Conforto and Francisco Lindor have gotten off to uncharacteristic starts hitting below .200. Lindor and Conforto still await their first homeruns of the 2021 campaign.
And still, the Mets sit at the top of the National League Eastern Division with an overall record of 7-4.
The Mets are known for being historically odd. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Mets fans have experienced it all, and everything in between. Nothing a few rainouts can do to phase this team. There is still an abundance of hope for this 2021 Mets squad. Edwin Diaz looks to be back in prime form. Jacob deGrom is better than ever, and Brandon Nimmo is getting on base at a historic rate. It seems like the stars will come around, and everything will be ok. But at the end of the day, we are The Mets. Even when it’s going well, it seems too good to be true.