By Nicholas Stix
You win as a team, you lose as a team. The Kansas City Royals were a team of heroes, in taking their second World Series crown, and second in 30 years, while the Mets were a herd of goats.
As every Mets fan knew, they had the worst middle infield—Daniel Murphy and Wilmer Flores—in the National League, but every infielder, including even the normally reliable Lucas Duda and two-time Gold Glover David Wright, made at least one crucial error in this series. Closer Jeurys Familia tied a World Series record for futility, with three blown saves. The batters that pummeled opposing teams from August 1 through the Cubs playoff series didn’t hit. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud didn’t throw out any Royals base-runners attempting steals. “Superman” acquisition Yoenis Cespedes apparently ran into some Kryptonite. The immortal pitching staff looked quite mortal. The team had repeated meltdowns. And skipper Terry Collins left pitchers in too long.
Oh, well. No one ever expected the Metropolitans to go anywhere when they were 42-41, or even to make it to the playoffs, prior to their August run, after a series of masterful moves by GM Sandy Alderson.
And now? There’s always next year. And for once, Mets fans can realistically look forward to pitchers-and-catchers.
As for the Royals? A tip of the cap, for a job well done.