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Brown: Mets' ‘New York Swagger’ Has Them Impossible Not To Root For

Jake Brown
August 22, 2019 - 1:51 pm
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The Mets came from behind once again Wednesday night to take down one of the best teams in baseball. They got a bit of help on a defensive mishap, but they have found a way to taken advantage of every opportunity teams have given them over the past month. They are now just 1.5 games back of the second NL wild-card spot. They are beating good teams, which everyone said would be their toughest task.  

This team now has a never say die mantra that is impossible not to root for. They’ve got that ‘New York swagger.’ 

How could you hate on what the Mets are doing right now? It’s must-watch baseball every night. A team that was dead in the water now has you canceling your dates, moving your plans around and rearranging your work schedule just so you can watch this team and get to Citi Field to see it live. Tickets that were once 84% off just a few weeks ago are now the hottest tickets in town. If you’re not at the ballpark now, you’re missing magic. The back pages of the papers are lit up in orange and blue. 

The exuberance of this team is quite thrilling. From Pete Alonso and the #LFGM movement to J.D. Davis’ clutch hits and electric postgame interviews yelling to the Mets faithful. Davis wasn’t wrong Wednesday night when he said that this team has no quit and has that “New York swagger” and that “New York attitude.” Not giving up is exactly what New York is all about. The sense of togetherness this team has is what this city stands for. There’s no place in this country where people have more pride to say where they are from than in New York. There’s actually nowhere close, to be honest. 

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It doesn’t hurt that 20% of the Mets roster is from New York. The additions of both Joe Panik and Marcus Stroman have been key to this team. It seems that Stroman should be fine after leaving with hamstring tightness last night, which has now become a sign of becoming a Met. Panik has been a base-hit machine as he has been terrific for this offense in Robinson Cano’s absence. 

As the Mets fight for a playoff spot, September will bring along some new faces. Brandon Nimmo is rehabbing and should be back in the first week of September. Jed Lowrie is back from the dead and could make his debut next month after missing the entire season. Cano was expected to be out for the year, but was taking batting practice and fielding grounders and could also be back sometime soon. Jeff McNeil should be back with the team by the end of this month or the beginning of the next. A team that is already playing great baseball now can get reinforcements, and we can send Aaron Altherr off into the sunset. 

Everything is clicking right now, and if you’re not watching on TV or at the games, you’re truly missing out. Whether they make the playoffs or not is still hard to tell, but this team is approaching September in a playoff race, and that is exactly what we all signed up for. 

Maybe Brodie Van Wagenen’s “Come get us” doesn’t look as crazy as we thought...

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