I'm excited to watch New York Mets baseball again.
Maybe a lot of MLB fans wouldn't understand that. Or maybe they would.
I'm well aware of the challenges that lie ahead for my team.
I mean, let's be real. The NL East is stacked from top to bottom. And yes, the Mets are the bottom.
The Phillies and Braves are going to be really good. Washington is on the cusp of a breakout year.
And in some bizarro world, all of a sudden the Florida, errr, uh, Miami Marlins are high-rollers now.
For all the flashy signings and ridiculous features in their new ballpark, I can't wait for the Marlins to crash and burn.
Call it schadenfreude. Oh well.
But I'll always be excited to watch my Mets. Every year, every spring.
I'm an eternal optimist. There's a reason the site is called The Shea Faithful.
Yet even I'm pretty much expecting to see another under .500 season and likely a last place finish.
The division is stacked, and quite frankly, with expectations so low, there's nowhere to go but up. Right?
I'm excited for Mets baseball.
I'm excited to see 22-year-old Ruben Tejada play his first full season as the starting shortstop.
I'm excited to see Ike Davis make a bid for an All-Star spot over at first base.
I want to see what Lucas Duda can do in a full season.
I'm excited to see if Daniel Murphy can repeat his big 2011 and play a quality second base.
I'm anxious to see if Johan Santana can make that comeback from his devastating 2010 shoulder injury.
I want to see if this is the year that Jon Niese makes the leap to becoming the pitcher I've always believed he can be.
Can David Wright can bounce back to be the guy he's shown he can be? Back from his Shea Stadium days?
I think so. I hope so. I can't wait to find out.
Can Jason Bay give the Mets anything of value whatsoever?
Better yet, I can't wait to see how much longer they’re stuck with his ridiculous contract until they can get rid of him.
I'm excited to see how the kids down on the farm develop, from St. Lucie to Binghamton to Buffalo.
I can't wait to hear Gary, Keith, and Ron again. The best announcers in the game, if not the planet.
Most of all, I'm just excited to watch baseball again, no matter the wins or losses.
I don't care if the Mets win 40 games this year. I just want to hear the crack of the bat again.
Luckily, the wait is almost over.