2/20/2004 04:54:00 PM
The previous years, our expectations were - and we came out publicly and said it - the playoffs," Duquette said. "I think that's a little bit unrealistic. I think [playing] meaningful games is a much more realistic goal until we are able to make a trade or two to get us over the hump."
And with that quote The Duke has set some Mets fans in a tizzy and I can't figure out why. If he said "Well we should be in line to win the World Series" we'd all think he was nuts. He gave an honest and forthright opinion on what he and the Skill Sets think they can accomplish this season.
What exactly are you looking for in the 2004 Mets? For me, I'm looking at the development of the younger players. Can Aaron Heilman make a positive contribution to this team? Can Jason Phillips continue to improve (by the way, I am leading to Avkash's line up projection with Phillips batting 3rd) Can Piazza play healthy all season and make the adjustment to 1st base? Will Wiggy improve both at the plate and on "D"? Is Jae Seo the real deal? Do the geezers of the bullpen have anything left? Is Scott Kazmir ready for the bright lights of the big city? Can Titan Tom Glavine recapture the glory days? Is David Wright the best prospect the you have not heard of?
If the Mets were to win 85 games this year would you be disappointed? I wouldn't. That's a 19 game improvement. Plus, that would mean they would be in contention for at least a Wild Card berth.
As much as I ridicule and criticzie the Skill Sets, I really believe they want to win very very badly. The problem is they have gone about it the wrong way. The Duke may have gotten through to them by taking the emphasis off winning the back pages of the tabloids. I've also come to the conclusion that most Mets fans, if not the majority of sports fans, get their news and views from The NY Daily News, the NY Post and talk radio. There is a definite lack of thought that goes into the negativity that has taken over these Mets fans. If some of them would bother to read any of the Mets bloggers, or Baseball America they might see the light that the Mets are building an organization that should blossom.