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Is It Time to Start Feeling Sorry for the Mets?

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The New York Mets are suffering through the single most snakebitten season I've ever seen. Right now, their DL looks like this:

Carlos Beltran (CF) 
Alex Cora (2B)
Carlos Delgado (1B)
John Maine (P)
Fernando Martinez (CF)
Ramon Martinez (2B)
Jonathon Niese (P)
Fernando Nieve (P)
J.J. Putz (P)
Jose Reyes (SS)
David Wright (3B)

Now they got even worse news. Johan Santana and Jeff Francoeur, AKA the Mets' best pitcher and most productive hitter, may both need surgery -- and I'm not sure whether it's worse news for them that Francoeur needs surgery or that he's the best hitter they had left. (He says he plans on playing through a torn ligament. We'll see how long that lasts.) Including the two of them, that's more than $82 million worth of injured players, and every single one of their stars with the exception of Gary Sheffield, who was a bargain-bin pleasant surprise.

So here's the question: should I actually start to feel sorry for these guys, for humanitarian reasons? Should I feel a twinge of sadistic glee at just how awful a season our rivals are having, or should I call my Mets fan friends and offer to bring them a casserole while they cover up their mirrors and wear colors of mourning?

I'm almost sorry for them. Almost.

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