Pump Yo Brakes Fool! Beating Yanks Doesn’t Make Mets Contenders

The Mets are mired in another losing season, wallowing 10.5 games behind Atlanta in the National League East, but have already given fans everything they could ask for by waxing the crosstown enemy Yankees in this ‘13 Subway Series.

Everything good about an otherwise horrible Mets squad was on display. Their young arms came to wheel-and-deal and their suspect bats caused Mo Rivera to blow his first save of the season. That’s worth the price of admission alone. Also, David Wright — grill of the franchise — had a gangsta-clutch homer to win Game 1. It was just all love. 

In beating the Bronx Bombers three-straight, the Mets tossed their miserable fans a nice juicy bone. Sweeping the Yanks (something no Mets team has ever done) would be the equivalent to winning the lottery and bagging Kerry Washington.

This Yankees series also saved the jobs of two young players the Mets are counting on to be future building blocks.

Underperforming first baseman Ike Davis and erratic shortstop Ruben Tejada, were notified in a meeting by skipper Terry Collins that they were facing demotion to Triple-A if they didn’t turn it up.

Davis is batting a limp .152 and has struck out 59 times in 158 at-bats. Tejada, a 23-year-old leadoff hitter, is batting just .209 with a mosquito’s power (0 dingers), an ugly .269 on-base percentage. On top of that he’s been an error machine.

Their key hits in a 9-4, Game 3 drubbing of the Yanks, has given both a stay of execution.

You’d think Mets fans would take this rare experience and their suddenly somewhat “respectable” 21-29 record and be content, but Met fans don’t get down like that. It’s all or nothing. Being even-keeled is for people like depraved Royals fans. Just a week ago Mets fans flooded talk radio singing the blues and calling for blood. Now some cats are talking wildcard.

This type of irrational thought is reminiscent of the twisted hyperbole spewed by silly teens, smoking a joint on the stoop. You know, on some KG, “anything’s possible” ish.

Well in the words of that great Cali hustla, “Pump Yo’ brakes fool.”

Not to burst bubbles, but we are now living in the pinnacle of the Mets’ 2013 season. This is as good as it gets.

NY’s trying to navigate a shaky ship through rough times, develop young talent and prepare for future Citi Field success. With the Wilpon’s having settled all debts and obligations of liability for their embarrassing involvement in the Madoff scandal, they plan on being big spenders again in ‘14.

In the meantime, Mets fans should just be patient, enjoy the young, scrappy and totally frustrating core they have and don’t create any unnecessary heartache by hallucinating too big.

The Mets will be back. Just not this season. 

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.