The Mets weren't very good in 2012. They traded away their best pitcher. This isn't a formula for being better in 2013.
A spring ritual for every major-league player is to have his photo taken. Some of these photos are ordinary. A few of them are more interesting. Here are some of those.
Ozzie's gone. Buehrle's gone. Reyes is gone. Josh Johnson is gone. Jeffrey Loria is laughing all the way to the bank, but I'm guessing Marlins fans don't think it's funny.
You remember the Bartman play. (The national media won't let us forget.) But did you know something almost exactly like it happened in a famous Cubs game, 19 years earlier?
The Pirates started hot, then collapsed. The Pirates started hot, then collapsed. That repeat is on purpose, because they did exactly that both of the last two seasons.