Opening Day is one of my favorite days of the sport year--the slate is clean, everyone is in first place and it is a day to dream. For Met fans, it has been tough sledding the past few years. But in 2013, with the Madoff scandal clearly in the rear view mirror, Sandy Alderson is assembling a core of young players that will lead the Mets out of the wilderness. We all got a taste of Matt Harvey who showed he has great stuff coupled with a work ethic that will make him a top of the line starting pitcher.
The Met fan has felt beat up the past few years and rightfully so. The record on the field has not been where it should be and the future was cloudy. I stress the word was because I firmly believe this team is on the rise. Are there unresolved problems? Absolutely---but Sandy has the ship steering in the right direction and in 12 to 24 months I think Met fans will be happy campers.
The RA Dickey story is a compelling one, a journey that touched the heart of every Mets fan.
His contribution to this team should not be minimized in any way. But Sandy Alderson did the right thing, dealing him for blue-chip prospects, even though Monday's trade with the Blue Jays was viewed as the incorrect move in some circles.
In talking to baseball scouts and team executives, many were amazed the Mets were able to get not only Travis d'Arnaud, who is generally regarded as the top catching prospect in the sport, but Toronto's top pitching prospect as well.
The Twitter universe has been debating the RA Dickey case for weeks now and the question remains the same: Would the Mets be better off trading the Cy Young Award winner or would keeping him make the team stronger? And the answer remains constant: That all depends.
I have heard Met fans lament about their team because they simply repeat what the media keeps saying about the Mets but I am here to tell you Sandy Alderson has a plan and a year or 2 from now, Met fans will be pleased with what they see. But the first step to making this team a contender is making sure David Wright and RA Dickey are both part of the solution.
And I honestly think that will happen. Simply put, David Wright is the face of this franchise and his #5 will be sitting next to the other retired numbers on the CitiField outfield wall one day but more importantly, he's a bona-fide run producer and you do not find that on every street corner especially at the third base position.