The New York Mets have a chip on their shoulder.
After dominating the NL East for virtually all season last year, they couldn’t hold back the Atlanta Braves and lost the division in the last week of play.
After being booted to the NL Wild Card series against the San Diego Padres, their season was over in the blink of an eye.
With their pride hurt, the ownership and front office completed a marvelous winter that resulted in Edwin Diaz and Brandon Nimmo returning to the team, and Justin Verlander, Kodai Senga, Brooks Raley, Jose Quintana, Omar Narvaez, and others being welcomed to it.
With them, and the existing core of Francisco Lindor, Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Max Scherzer, and many talented players, the Mets are hungrier than ever.
They want to win their first World Series since 1986, and they want to do it in 2023.
Alonso, for example, is extremely hyped.
“Pete Alonso’s message to Mets fans on the 2023 group: ‘We’re very, very hungry. It’s going to be a really special year, so buckle up,'” SNY Mets tweeted.
Pete Alonso's message to Mets fans on the 2023 group:
"We're very, very hungry. It's going to be a really special year, so buckle up." pic.twitter.com/qP8zslu9g9
— SNY Mets (@SNY_Mets) February 15, 2023
The slugging first baseman hit .271/.352/.518 with 40 home runs and 131 RBI, so he had a fantastic year.
He is eager to be even better this upcoming season, as he gets closer to free agency and contract extension territory.
With four full seasons on his “clock” already, he has two remaining with the Mets unless they can extend him.
As the fan favorite he is, it makes all the sense in the world to keep him around for the future.
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