Baseball is not a game played solely on emotion. In fact, emotion often gets in the way more than it pushes, prods and pulls a team to victory.
To tell the truth, the “spark” fans speak of comes from the home crowd, 55,000 screaming lunatics who can aggravate an opposing pitcher when he’s down and lift a star at home when he’s struggling.
My question: Where has the Mets’ 10th man been? What I saw yesterday was a club reeling after a seven-game road trip, and fans who booed at the first signs of adversity. I also saw about 10,000 empty seats in the early innings, and 25,000-30,000 once times got tough.
We’ll see if Met fans come strong tonight. But I’d say to this point in September the fans have no practiced what they’ve preached.