WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — If you can’t talk big and dream big now, when hope springs eternal, then you must be a long-lost relative of Casey Stengel’s 1962 Mets, who went 40-120.
The Mets also happen to be descendants of Ya Gotta Believe, and their old familiar Tug McGraw soundtrack blares unabashedly through in their consciousness.
From one end of the clubhouse to the other, one Met after the next will tell you this is a playoff team.
There are 30 MLB teams that wear optimism as sunblock as one of the rites of spring, and the Mets are one of them. And they can let their imaginations run wild without Yoenis Cespedes riding in triumphantly on a wild white boar.
Let the Mets tell you why they’re a playoff team:
“We’re a team that can contend very well in our division, and it’s built to win,” rookie manager Luis Rojas told The Post. “Great staff, great bullpen, we can hit and score runs, we showed it last year and we can do different things out in the playing field.”
Former Yankees reliever Dellin Betances knows what a playoff team looks like. He was asked if his new team is a playoff team.