Commonly, both team’s seemingly share a lack in leadership internally within the players.
That makes David Wrights job very hard with the Mets continuing to fail over the last few seasons. The Mets need everything and everyone to make something go right to get the trend going again.
David Wright finds a way to do his job, even it entails wearing a bigger helmet to get back out on the field. A field where once fans filled every seat and winning was a common theme.
For the Rays, playing in the AL East with the two power-house teams of the Yankees and Red Sox is no easy feat. As a Yankee fan, the Rays made me shake in 2008 and were the team to beat in 2009.
The question remains to be answered, were the Rays a threat or are the Rays a threat?
Evan Longoria is the player on the Rays who can collaborate with their dynamic manager, Joe Madden to get back to the World Series again. To a fan, the Rays acting like spoiled brats in 2009 still sulking over their lose to the Phillies.
Crawford, Upton, Longoria to name three who are already super-stars in their own rights and only in their mid-20’s still.
It’s never nice realizing you are not as good as you thought you were. In baseball the Rays got wiped after winning the ALCS just two seasons ago. If that did not piss off Tampa‘s fans and players, than that franchises glimpse of what could be was a false sense of hope.
Both the Mets and the Rays have a lot to prove to themselves, their fans and the world of baseball.
These two teams fates will play out soon enough.
It is a fact that both the Mets and the Rays have the means but without the motivation it is just another false sense of hope.