posted 8 years ago
PHILADELPHIA -- The Mets brought New York -- and all their fans -- to the edge of their seats, and to the edge of the playoffs in a regular-season run that came tantalizingly close. It was the kind of thrilling race to the wire that still exists for the four teams that remain in the hunt for the World Series.
And one of those teams -- the Phillies -- are intimately familiar with the Mets, and vice versa. Just because these two clubs aren't kissin' cousins doesn't mean the Mets, and really, New Yorkers, can't appreciate what the Phillies have done. They can appreciate it just as much as Royals fans, Mariners fans or Padres fans can. At the end of the day, it's baseball.
"We have to grow from every time that we get as close as we get and don't make it, and we have to review and kind of marinate on why we don't make it," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said after his team finished second to the Phillies in the NL East.
And perhaps the best way to do that would be to look at the teams that did.