The New York Mets are down 2-0 in the World Series against the Kansas City Royals. In order to win, the Mets must win four games before the Royals win two more. Mets GM Sandy Alderson once referred to the team’s beat writers as “the citizens of Panic City.” A back-page headline in New York Thursday morning played off that phrase. But to quote Will Ferrell in Old School, “We’ve gotta keep our composure! We’ve come too far! There’s too much to lose!” Here are five reasons why Mets fans shouldn’t panic.
While Mets fans are repeating “Ya Gotta Believe,” Royals fans might be asking the rest of the country, “You didn’t believe?” After two games, Kansas City’s strengths—a lineup without holes that puts the ball in the play and a dominant bullpen—have outshined the Mets’ starting pitching. As I write in my CBS Local recap, this series is not over, but the Mets bats need to wake up Friday, when the series moves to New York.
Many believed this would be an evenly matched, thrilling World Series, and Game 1 certainly delivered. Fans at Kaufman Stadium stretched twice before watching the Royals prevail in the 14th inning. Here are my “5 Things” from the opener, which I’ll be writing for CBS Local after every World Series game.