This season may look like another failed year on paper. But for me it was a season I'll never forget. From seeing Mike Nickeas spend most of the season in the major leagues to having the time of my life at a minor league game at Fenway Park, this baseball season was a blast. My highlights may not be the same as everyone else's but they will always be special to me.
Johan Santana's no-hitter, R.A. Dickey's 1-hitters, David Wright's first half for the ages. Everybody enjoyed those. Mike Nickeas's grand slam, the multiple times he laid down perfect suicide squeeze bunts, watching him tear it up in AAA, how he ended his season by throwing a runner out trying to steal, Zach Lutz getting his first major league hit, Rob Carson dominating during his September call-up. We all have the moments that are only special to us and those are just a few of mine. I still refuse to believe my favorite player knows my name and I still find myself wishing I could thank him for being so nice. I find myself wondering how August 18 was such a perfect day and wishing the Mets could have the Buffalo Bisons for one more season, so I could really say goodbye.
This season was filled with days I will remember forever. I finally met Joe Smith, and I found out first-hand how awesome my favorite minor league players are. There was a month-long stretch during which I went to one game a week. I went to Social Media Night and got to talk to Kevin Burkhardt, someone I look up to, at one my last games of the season. I watched R.A. Dickey win his 19th game from the fifth row of my favorite section at Citi Field. I went to a game with my aunt and a game with one of my best friends.
I don't think I will ever enjoy a baseball season as much as I enjoyed this season. I have so many questions and there's so much uncertainty about whether I'll even get to see some of my favorite players again. So for now, I'm just going to try to enjoy everything I loved about this year.
2012 may not have been a banner year for the Mets organization but it definitely was a banner year for this fan. Thank you, Mets. Thank you, Buffalo Bisons. Thank you, Rob Carson, Dylan Owen, Zach Lutz, and Josh Satin. Thank you, Kevin Burkhardt. Thank you, Mike Nickeas.
Let's Go Mets!