At 3:59 PM EST this afternoon, New York Mets baseball will step outside, see its own shadow and scurry back indoors for what will seem like another couple of centuries of winter, but fret not. It will be at that very moment that we have reached the Baseball Equinox, that juncture on the Spherical Horsehide Calendar when we are equidistant between the final out of the Mets’ 2012 season and the first pitch of the Mets’ 2013 season. Thus, when the clock strikes 4, it means we are (give or take a rain delay or ceremonial glitch) closer to next year than last year.
Hell, next year is this year now. And we can’t be stopped from having real, countable baseball inside it. The Mets have already prepared us for this great upturn in our fortunes by signing some dude from the American League  to maybe pitch out of the bullpen and…well, they haven’t done much else yet that you don’t already know about, and what you know about remains up for grabs in the short and long terms…but isn’t knowing Opening Day will eventually get here with or without Aaron Laffey worth flipping away from the conclusion of the Capital One Bowl just to make sure you still get SNY?
Meanwhile, the Marlins are “willing to listen ” to proposals for Giancarlo Stanton, which doesn’t necessarily mean the Mets have a prayer of landing him, but given the Marlins’ history of listening, it should at least guarantee we’re a lock to avoid fifth place.
See? This new year gets happier all the time.