The Mets have had more than their fair share of ridicule inside and outside of New York.  As fans, we should hope that 2011 should be the year that the organization and fan base gain some respect, instead of pity from the baseball and sports worlds.

GM Sandy Alderson seems to be a far cry from Omar Minaya in his media dealings and level headed approach to Free Agents. Alderson knows that he will be initially judged by the New York media and fans for how he approaches the Free Agent signings and trade offers that will be made in the next several months.

Terry Collins will be a change from Jerry Manuel as far as temperament and style, he will demand that his players hustle and play the game the right way, fundamentals will be stressed and accountability will be made to be a part of every player’s day.

Within New York, the Mets players spend many hours each season volunteering their time and efforts to making children who would not otherwise have a chance for some of the better things in life to have at least a few hours of joy.

This coming Tuesday the Mets will host their annual holiday party at Citi Field along with a Meet and Greet and Q & A session with some media personalities and bloggers.

The time spent with the children will be as valued by the players as it will be for the children and their families this holiday season.

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