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The 2017 season was not supposed to go the way that it did. Mets fans were supposed to be basking in October baseball bliss, celebrating entering the postseason for the third year in a row. Instead, all Mets fans are doing is basking in some of the much needed changes that have been made in the mere 96 hours since the season ended.
That's not a bad thing. In fact, the changes are a great thing to be basking in -- especially after all of the injuries and other questionable decisions that happened throughout this season. MRIs not being taken, minor leaguers not being ready for the bigs even though they should be, injury after injury after injury... I don't have to go into detail, you all know how horrid this season was.
It was the opposite of how any of us thought it was supposed to go, with literally everyone thinking this was a playoff team. The pitching was there and finally together. The big bats were there, especially with Yoenis Cespedes's extended contract. No one could have expected the season to go the way it did. And if you did suspect that, you really need to go and play lotto...
The fans made their frustration known, too. Citi Field had been packed the past two Septembers, and this year, it was pretty empty. To the point where you could actually stand the line at Shake Shack.
Plus, it was impossible for anyone to scroll on Twitter without seeing a tweet (or five) expressing displeasure in the team, unhappiness with the manager, anger with the training staff, and/or general frustration with how the season went. Some of these issues have now been fixed, and we can all hope that the 2018 season will not go down the same road as 2017.
Now that changes are being made within the organization, we can expect changes will be made within the team next. Let's not forget that nearly all of our veteran players, big bats, and clubhouse leaders were sent away in July and August. Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Neil Walker, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed -- all gone in the span of a month.
We need a big bat. We need some veteran leadership. There's no secret there. Yes, Cepedes is the team's big bat, but can he stay healthy for an entire season? He hasn't the past two. It can't all just be on him, as evidenced by this season.
2017 is the season that is easy to say goodbye to. It was a season we all had such high hopes for going in, before dragging us down and breaking our hearts once again.
We're barely into the offseason, but things are moving in the right direction. It's possible to have hope. The Mets are cleaning house, and this should hopefully lead to vast improvements. Ya gotta believe, right?
Plus, Noah Syndergaard will be back. And from his two dominant September starts, this in itself is something to get us all pumped for 2018.