Since the 2010 season started, Mets fans have had a soft spot for many of the players on the New York Mets. I have always wondered why the fans have embraced this team so much. Right now the Mets are three games behind the Atlanta Braves for the National League East.
With those numbers many of the fans wouldn’t embrace the team as much as they do. Yet, this team fights. This team cares. Finally it seems like the Mets players care about their fans.
I wondered why, so I did some research and found out that this team is one of the most homegrown teams the Mets have had in a long time.
Take Saturday afternoon for example. The New York Mets starting four in the infield were all homegrown. Ike Davis at first, Rueben Tejada at second, Jose Reyes at shortstop and David Wright at third are all homegrown. All drafted and played through the minors with the Mets. Even pitcher John Niese was homegrown.
That might not seem like that big of a deal. Yet, the last time that had happened was on September 20,1996 when the Mets had Butch Huskey at first, Tim Bogar at second, Rey Ordonez at short and Edgardo Alfonzo at third. The infamous Paul Wilson pitched that day as well. He was homegrown too.
Could this be why the Met fans feel something special for this team? Even Jason Bay and Angel Pagan were drafted by the Mets and spent time in their system. Mike Pelfrey and Jenrry Mejia are two other homegrown players.
For years the Mets have had terrible drafting and a bad minor league system that destroyed players. Now here are the Mets, with good looking young kids playing great for the Mets.
It’s a great thing to see for Mets fans and it’s something Mets fans should be excited about. There are many players in the minors that have potential to be stars for the Mets, much like the infield from Saturday’s game.
It’s something not noticed by many fans, but the Mets have turned into a homegrown team.
Maybe this is why this team is so liked by the fans, and why the team doesn’t quit and wins games like they did on Sunday.