It's time to start believing Mets Lifers. The Mets have given us no reason to believe this past week, but that's what makes us Mets fans.
This Mets team has been in first place the entire year. We have had our lead dwindled to 1.5 games, but were able to build that lead to 7 games before the recent implosion.
We've had more injuries than a chainsaw juggler, and somehow we still are in 1st place. Ricky Ledee, Mike DiFelice, Ben Johnson, David Newhan, and Sandy Alomar Jr. have all been in the starting lineup at some point this year. Our bullpen through the first 117 games only blew 7 leads. But we've never relinquished 1st place.
Our biggest sluggers have been in persistent slumps, but other guys like Castillo, Gomez, Marlon Anderson, and Lastings Milledge have picked up the slack. If you told me in April that Delgado would struggle, Alou would be out for 3 months, Chavez would be out for 3 months, and the bullpen would blow 9 leads in 17 games, I would have told you there's now way we'd be in 1st place on September 1st. But we will be.
This is a team with a history of miracles. The '69 Mets. The '73 Mets. Game 6 of the '86 NLCS. Game 6 of the '86 World Series. The time we scored 8 runs in the bottom of the 8th to beat the Braves. The Todd Pratt home run (you know what I'm talking about). The Robin Ventura grand slam single. The Endy Chavez catch.
Where's our miracle this year? It hasn't come yet, but ya gotta believe that it will.
Let's not lose hope yet. 30+ games left. One win at a time.
Let's go Mets.