Have the Mets suddenly become the bad guys?
It’s been a magical ride for the New York Mets so far throughout the 2015 season. Each and every day they seem to do something more special than the last, as they continue to exceed expectations.
They shouldn’t have won the National League East.
They shouldn’t be in the National League Championship Series.
This team is coming off of a series where they were the underdog and had to beat the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and the $300M payroll of the L.A. Dodgers, and heading into this next match-up, they’re not favored.
By all accounts, the Mets should be the lovable underdogs as they begin the NLCS, but are they somehow about to be casted as the bad guys?
Despite getting to a point that absolutely no one expected, the Mets are facing a team that’s an even bigger underdog than they are: The Chicago Cubs.
Dealing with a history full of billy goats, black cats and the Steve Bartmans of the world, the Cubs championship drought has extended into their 107th year. The last time they were even in a World Series was 1945, 17 years before the Mets even existed.
They’re baseball’s lovable losers, and even despite their 97-win season with new skipper Joe Maddon, free agent acquisition Jon Lester and an emerging young infield, they’re still the Cubs. They don’t win.
Because of this, people everywhere are coming out of the woodwork rooting for Chicago, and it’s hard not to. They’re America’s darlings right now, and I’ve even heard people in New York that are rooting for them solely because of the history.
Aside from Mets fans and maybe fans of other teams in their division, everyone seems to be aboard the Cubs bandwagon right now, and the team standing in their way abides in Queens.
People want to see the curse be broken, have the ‘Back to the Future’ prediction come true, and watch something they’ve never seen before, and that’s the Cubs winning a world championship.
Much like in the 1993 movie ‘Rookie of the Year,’ the Mets aren’t the underdogs, they’re not the good guys; they’re the villains.
It’s all a matter of perspective, but this is a role we don’t often see the Mets in. Whether they consider themselves to be that or not, all indications say that’s exactly what they are.