The first game I went to this season was Jose Reyes' return. I hope the last game I went to isn't R.A. Dickey, David Wright and Ike Davis' farewell.
Wright and Dickey are the most popular Mets and Davis might be third. Dickey got his 20th win today and both Wright and Davis hit home runs. It was an exciting day to be at Citi Field - a rare September Mets game in recent years that wasn't meaningless.
But as we head into the offseason, there is a possibility that some or all of these players could be traded over the winter. This is crazy.
Thanks to Dickey's magical season, I was one of a fair number of Met fans
who came out to Citi Field today. Even so, we were besieged
by scalpers offering tickets at half price as soon as we got off the
train. I can only imagine what it was like at the September games that
actually were meaningless.
Aside from Johan Santana, unfortunately injured yet again, is there anyone on the Mets that people are coming out to see besides Dickey, Wright or Davis?
With Wright and Dickey heading into the final year of their contracts, the only way they will be traded is if the Mets think they won't be able to re-sign them. And what would that say about the state of the franchise?
I'm not saying Ike Davis should be untouchable, but considering that the team's biggest need is a middle-of-the-order hitter, trading Ike would create a need for another Ike. Davis' overall numbers still have a way to go, but 31 homers, including 19 after the All-Star break, will be impossible to replace.
Big-market teams with fan favorites that are also their most productive players don't get rid of those players - they build around them. Losing Reyes should be an aberration, not the start of a trend.
The last home game used to be Fan Appreciation Day. If the Mets really do appreciate their fans, they will bring back the players they most appreciate.