Honesty is Becoming Contagious Around the Mets

Straight talk and Jason Bay's return precede an actual victory

By Josh Alper
|  Friday, Apr 22, 2011  |  Updated 9:09 AM EDT
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Honesty is Becoming Contagious Around the Mets

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Jason Bay and truth make for a winning combination.

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All great revolutions take one man standing up and saying that the status quo is no longer good enough.

It is too early to know if we are truly seeing the start of a revolution with the Mets. If it turns out to be that way, though, R.A. Dickey is going to deserve to have his face on whatever currency they start using at Citi Field.

Dickey broke from party orthodoxy and suggested the Mets really aren't that good a team on Wednesday night, a move that won him much praise and is now winning him followers around the organization. General manager Sandy Alderson was on WFAN Thursday and pretty much repeated Dickey's words while expanding on them in meaningful ways.

Alderson didn't try to put lipstick on this pig of a season, instead choosing to admit the team has performed miserably and that he wasn't going to rush prospects into the fire in an effort to win a few more games. Alderson said the current roster is going to have to play better in the weeks to come because there's no magic bullet coming to fix the roster overnight while also admitting that everyone around the Mets knows what happens to players on bad teams once midseason rolls around.

It's amazing how refreshing it can be to hear the truth in an environment so used to dishonesty and disinformation. It's also amazing to see how things trickle down once the right people start living the right way.

It took eight pitches for Terry Collins to get himself ejected during Thursday night's game, finally allowing his anger to crack through the Art Howe-esque facade he build up through the season's first few weeks. Collins was touted as a man with great fire, we finally saw it on Thursday and his team seemed to respond.

The Mets crushed the Astros 9-1, allowing the other side to make fools of themselves one night while playing like an actual major league team. Jason Bay was in the lineup for the first time all season and he got himself a Little League home run when Astros outfielder Hunter Pence turned a routine fly ball into a four-base error.

David Wright snapped his long hitless streak with a home run and three RBIs and Chris Capuano turned in a strong start to help the team to victory. Giving all credit to the team's newfound honesty addiction seems about as dubious as attempts to link it to wearing uniforms from spring training, but it is in everyone's best interest to push the idea that telling the truth leads to victory.

Why? The more hard truths this team tells about itself right now will mean fewer they'll have to tell in the future.

Josh Alper is a writer living in New York City. You can follow him on Twitter and he is also a contributor to Pro Football Talk.

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