I was thinking about the 2006 season. The season that went so well until one pitch to Carlos Beltran. Seven players from 2006 made an appearance on the Mets of 2010.
Two of those players, John Maine and Pedro Feliciano, have a good shot of not coming back next season. Another, Oliver Perez, doesn't deserve to come back next season. Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Mike Pelfrey will most likely be a part of the 2011 Mets.
So much has changed since 2006. I remember the NL East clincher and the fun postgame interviews. Omar Minaya was praised for putting together such a dominant team so quickly, with the signings of Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran, and the trade for Carlos Delgado. Willie Randolph was thought of highly for managing a team that clinched in mid-September. People wondered how he would rest players but still keep them focused for the playoffs with so much time after the clincher. David Wright talked about making the playoffs something that happened every year.
And Tom Glavine cared.
The 2006 team had players such as Xavier Nady and Shawn Green. They had Julio Franco and Chad Bradford. There were so many minor players that contributed that year.
I really hope the fresh voices of Sandy Alderson's staff, including Terry Collins, can bring winning baseball back to the Mets.
Let's Go Mets!