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Outside The Confines: A new era for the Mets?

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The arrival of Steve Cohen has Mets fans hopeful for the first time in a long time.

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There are few fanbases I have encountered that feel as mistreated as the Mets. Sure, we have all loved teams that struggled, had stretches of losing, and have been under bad management. But the Mets are a team that seems to have been burdened with their own kind of bad luck, in spite of having made it to the World Series as recently as 2015.

The nightmarish pall cast over them by former owners the Wilpons; the loss of Carlos Beltran as a manager before he ever managed a single game because of the Astros scandal; and most recently the suspension of Robinson Cano, have given “that’s so Mets” a darkly comedic meaning.

The arrival of new owner Steve Cohen has done something unexpected: it has given Mets fans hope. Cohen has been an active participant on Twitter, engaging fans in opportunities to offer suggestions and ask questions (my favourite so far was a plea to ensure giveaways are plentiful enough for all attending fans). It seems like it might just be the moment Mets fans have been waiting for: an owner who actually cares about the team and wants to spend money to win titles.

Of course, only time will tell if that translates into real action.

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And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.