Of course, this sent fans into a tizzy. Fans are upset that the Mets owners are calling their own team "underdogs."
This is funny considering many of these same fans have declared that the Mets will finish in last place in the National League East, and possibly be the worst team in all of Major League Baseball. It's okay to make those claims, but it's not okay to consider them underdogs? Makes sense.
For those unaware, an underdog is defined as, "A person who is expected to lose in a contest or conflict."
To me, this was an attempt by Wilpon to create something that this team can rally behind. Would you have preferred if the Wilpons sugar-coated everything, and told the players that they were all winners and that 2012 was their year? Then they would be bashed for being delusional.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York tweeted the following from Terry Collins:
At the end of the day, it's a t-shirt. Relax.