Super-earnest, reality-shunning third baseman David Wright really, really believes in his lovable ragtag band of underachieving (and $150 million) misfits, also known as the 2010 New York Mets.
Despite the fact that their 2009 season was an unmitigated disaster. Despite the fact that they have no reliable pitching after Johan Santana, even though there were several opportunities to go out and upgrade the rotation this winter (where were the Mets on John Lackey, Rich Harden, Ben Sheets or even Chien-Ming Wang?) Despite the fact that they inexplicably resigned Alex (career .291 wOBA) Cora . Despite that they have no catcher and once again played pining, unrequited lovelorn geek to Bengie Molina's moderately attractive blonde cheerleader. Despite the fact that the players don't trust the front office with regards to injury treatment and rehabilitation. Despite the fact that the GM's continual employment lends further credence to the idea that anyone can be a general manager in Major League Baseball. Despite the fact that ownership built a cavernous new ballpark that helped contribute to the Majors' lowest home run total last year (the Mets managed to hit less than 100 home runs in 2009!)
Despite all of this, David Wright told reporters at Port St. Lucie yesterday that he feels pretty damn great about his team:
"Maybe from the outside looking in, there are some different expectations on us. But we feel like we're going to go out there and win the National League East and go deep in the playoffs and win the World Series."
Now obviously I wouldn't expect anyone -- except perhaps a Pirate or a Royal -- to proclaim their upcoming season a lost cause on the very first day of Spring Training. But predicting a World Series victory? After your archrivals just won the National League pennant and traded for the best pitcher in baseball? After nearly every team in your division went out and improved themselves over the winter, even the Nationals? After you mostly stood pat during the winter save throwing a boatload of money at a reluctant and defensively-challenged Jason Bay, who won't post anywhere near the numbers he did while playing in the Boston bandbox?
Frankly, I hope part of Wright's prediction comes true. I would love to see the 2010 Mets somehow turn up as the 2010 Yankees' opponent in a Subway Series rematch this October.