This story was excerpted from Anthony DiComo’s Mets Beat publication. To learn the total publication, click on right here. Mrs subscribe to get it usually in your inbox.
When the Mets clinch a National League playoff berth, seemingly this week in Milwaukee or Oakland, the group intends to celebrate.
There is a college of thought, significantly amongst veteran golf equipment and perennial contenders, that celebrating a playoff berth is much less worthwhile for these with higher aspirations. When the Dodgers clinched a spot earlier this month, they toasted one another with champagne and distributed some playoff swag, however they did not pop bottles within the customary vogue. The Dodgers saved a extra raucous celebration for his or her NL West clinch a number of days later.
The Mets don’t essentially align with that sort of pondering. When requested concerning the clubhouse plans this week, veteran pitcher Max Scherzer was adamant: “You celebrate making the playoffs.”
“There’s a state of affairs the place we battle for this division, come up simply brief, after which go to the Wild Card spherical not appreciative of the place we’re at, after which lose that spherical after which you have not even celebrated your season,” Scherzer mentioned. “I believe that may be a mistake not to celebrate your season.”
Unlike the Dodgers, who gained the World Series in 2020 and have made the playoffs for 10 years operating, the Mets have not certified for postseason play since 2016. Unlike the Dodgers, who had been in a position to wrap up their division inside days of clinching at a minimum of a Wild Card berth, the Mets are seemingly to clinch the playoffs two weeks or extra earlier than placing a bow on the division. And there is a very lifelike state of affairs wherein they do not win the division in any respect.
“I imply, it is a huge deal, proper?” outfielder Brandon Nimmo mentioned of constructing the playoffs. “I believe it is undoubtedly one thing to celebrate. But then there’s additionally this aspect of the group being veteran guys and understanding that the job’s not accomplished.”
Nimmo famous that in most group affairs, the membership’s beginning pitchers — a gaggle of veterans who’ve “much more time” on their arms than place gamers — like to focus on issues amongst themselves earlier than presenting their consensus to different veteran leaders. Shortstop Francisco Lindor indicated that he has already broached the subject with teammates. Team flights such because the one from New York to Milwaukee on Sunday evening have a tendency to current good alternatives for dialogue.
“There’s nothing mistaken with addressing the elephant within the room,” mentioned Lindor, who made the playoffs 4 instances in Cleveland. “Am I superstitious? no So it isn’t like, ‘Oh my God, I’m jinxing one thing.’ I’ve religion. So there’s nothing mistaken with confronting it, speaking about it, the leaders of the group speaking about it.”
One wrinkle is that the Mets have by no means celebrated with champagne at Citi Field. In 2015, they clinched the playoffs in Cincinnati, the NL Division Series in Los Angeles and the NL Championship Series in Chicago. The following yr, the Mets celebrated their Wild Card berth in Philadelphia.
Although this yr’s playoff clincher will nearly definitely happen on the street as effectively, it is potential the Mets might win the division throughout their last three video games of the season in Queens.
If they do, a second, much more boisterous celebration will observe.
“You’re in,” Scherzer mentioned. “You have an opportunity to win the World Series. There’s solely 12 groups that get to say that.”