R.A. Who? New York Mets Distance Themselves from Former Ace

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COMMENTARY | Season's Greetings, New York Mets fans.

Enjoy your Mets highlights from this past season, compliments of an organization that appears to have forgotten, or perhaps is simply choosing to ignore, why so many of you cared about the team in 2012.

The Mets' holiday e-card to fans this year featured highlights of Johan Santana's no-hitter, Ike Davis hitting a career-high 32 home runs, and David Wright becoming the franchise's all-time hits leader.

No doubt, all were memorable feats. Santana's no-hitter back on June 1 was the best night the Mets have had in a long time. Wright is on pace to set franchise records in just about every major offensive category. And Davis rebounded from a horrible first half to put up numbers that most sluggers would sign up for every year.

Missing from the one-minute montage, however, is any mention of R.A. Dickey, who put together one of the best seasons any Mets pitcher has ever had. Dickey won the Cy Young Award, the first Met to do so since 1985. He won 20 games, the first Met to do so since 1990. At 38 years old, the knuckleballer has become -- on and off the field -- one of Major League Baseball's most compelling stories.

So why was Dickey missing from the highlight video? Because he's no longer a Met, having been traded this month to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for prospects who the Mets hope will help them usher in a new era of winning baseball. It can't be any more complicated than that. What other reason could the Mets have for not including their former ace in the video?

Bad job, New York Mets. The fact of the matter is that Dickey was one of your most popular players. So what if he's no longer on the team, so much of the 2012 season was about R.A. Dickey. Forget about the award he received when it was all over, while Dickey was pitching through the best season of his life, he got fans to come out to the ballpark. In September, when people weren't exactly knocking each other over to buy Mets tickets, Dickey gave them a reason to show up. That's exactly what happened on September 27, a Thursday afternoon long after the season had been lost, when 31,506 were in attendance to see Dickey win his 20th game.

The irony here, of course, is that there's a lot of Mets history that the organization should want to erase. The Bobby Bonilla era, way back in 1992, comes to mind.

I get that 2013 will not be about R.A. Dickey in a Mets uniform. But 2012 was, and the Mets should know better than to pretend it never happened.

Charles Costello has followed the Mets closely since the rookie years of Darryl Strawberry (1983) and Dwight Gooden (1984). He was a beat reporter assigned to cover the Mets during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

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