Hot April starts are usually dismissed as nothing more than cute. If you have the motivation, you can always rely on baseball because of the length of the season. It is harder to dismiss a hot start from the Dodgers. You can buy yourself some time from the annoyance that will come from the fans when the team is real.
With the Mets, it is never more than three games before their fans start screaming. Either the season is over or you can book the pennant on April 3rd. The Mets exist to make a lot of noise in a short period of time, and then fade into the background while the non-jokes play for the things that really matter. When I told my girlfriend about the concept of European soccer being demoted, she said, "That's not by accident."
That doesn't seem to be the case this year. The Mets have gotten off to one of the best starts in baseball this season, and now they have the kind of magic that comes from being in the NL East. To say the least.
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The seven runs in the ninth is obscene even for them, and the fact that they blew a lead while their defense flaps in the wind is not usually much of a story. You will be hearing about the Mets resurrection Thursday night, even if the Phils aren't prone to this kind of thing.
On the other hand, it's still the Mets. The New York obnoxiousness combined with the inferiority complex of any number of towns is what makes it. Over the years, the Mets have provided more than enough comedy, but it hasn't been enough to cleanse their general stink on the world. Javy Baez's thumbs-down gesture last year summarized their whole existence, a fanbase and team that would all rather be somewhere else but can never admit that the promise of New York was hardly enough.
A quality Mets team would be the bane of the rest of baseball, but not in the usual Mets way. We know that the other owners in MLB have the right to not give Steve Cohen what he wants. The revulsion Cohen causes in MLB offices and owners is something any fan can get attached to. Cohen is the only owner who should be acting like one, doing whatever it takes to put a winner on the field.
With every win, with every signature moment, with every Lindor home run or strikeout, every other fan is a little closer to asking, "Why can't we do that?" I know, I know, on top of a pile of money, but how can you sleep at night if you can't watch the Mets give their fans joy like on Thursday?
It is hard to adjust to that juxtaposition. The Mets being the story of baseball and the giddiness of their fans that smell like a bus seat is supposed to be distasteful. It raises the bile for those ruining the game.