It was a year filled with a lot of individual accomplishments linking players to team history: Johan Santana's no-hitter, R.A. Dickey's mythical season culminating with a Cy Young Award, David Wright becoming the franchise leader in hits, among others.
None of those individual accomplishments led to much winning, however. It once again shows that baseball is not about the individual - it's about the 25 players on the active roster.
I know it doesn't always seem like there's light at the end of the tunnel... On Sandy Alderson's watch, the Mets have traded a an awesome switch hitter and Cy Young Award winner, lost a batting champion to free agency, and seen the record decline in each of his first two seasons of control. But when Sandy took over as General Manager 26 months ago, we knew this process wouldn't be quick and we knew much work needed to be done - even though in our hearts we all wanted an immediate transformation.
I do think the Mets are on a positive track. It hasn't included a major investment in the big league roster over the last three winters and there have been some unpopular decisions along the way as well. But there has been a consistent course of action ever since Sandy was hired. When the ship finally sets sail, it's clear it will contain young, controllable, and dynamic talent with payroll flexibility to augment the roster as needed. Some of it will be homegrown, some of it will be parlayed from both Dickey and Carlos Beltran. It will all be led by David Wright. I believe in that vision, and I think the plan is moving forward with progress at every junction.
As we head into 2013, we arrive at another one of those junctions. When I look back over the last year, I see an organization which still needs a ton of work, but a ton of work has already been accomplished: they have gotten younger, their pitching has continued to develop, their minor leagues has taken major strides forward, and they are positioning themselves to make the major investments they need to make in future seasons. Rome wasn't built in a day, or a year for that matter. But they're getting there, and I'm sticking with the Mets - I hope you will too.
On behalf of everyone of us at MetsBlog, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and thanks for reading. Without you all, none of this is possible. Personally, this my is home on the internet, and I so much enjoy photographing, writing and sharing my thoughts and insight about the Mets with you, even if we always don't agree on the individual topics. However, we all share a common goal for a championship and many championships in the future. I do believe the team is getting closer to that goal, and hope we as fans will be spending more time celebrating and less time lamenting in the coming year.
Let's Go Mets!