There it is. The Kool-Aid that is the Mets recent overall play is sitting right in front of you, begging to be sipped. New York, 40-39, over the .500 mark for the first time since they were 3-2 are playing good baseball. They are nine games over .500 since starting the season 5-13, sparking my first Mets rant of the season. But do you trust these Mets? I feel like I’ve seen this movie (nightmare) before…

A New York Mets fan holds up a sign that reads "Don't Trade Reyes!," regarding the Mets shortstop Jose Reyes during an interleague baseball game between the Mets and the Texas Rangers, Friday, June 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 8-1.

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I’m a Mets fan. I have been since the days of Al Leiter, John Franco and Fonzie. I remember when Jeff Kent left the Mets and I remember when Brian McCrae was the center fielder. The days of Armando Benitez coming in and closing out the game, unless it was against the Braves, or Phillies, because then it was a guarantee that Chipper Jones or Pat Burrell hit a tying or winning home run.

The 2000 Mets were so much fun. The 2001 Mike Piazza home run will forever give me goosebumps. Then the dark days came. It wasn’t until the 2006 season that the Mets were ready to win a World Series. It had been 20 years since the last championship and everything seemed so right. But then Endy Chavez saved our season, and Adam Wainwright quickly ended that.

The year 2007 changed my life. I graduated from high school, became a freshman in college, and the Mets were running away with the division, ready to avenge for the way 2006 ended. But it didn’t happen. The Phillies became a National League East dynasty, and the Mets became a laughing stock. 2008 was similar, and last year the Mets held the Wild Card lead at the All-Star Break only to go on a 2-11 west coast trip and fall out of the race by August 1st.

That leaves us with this season. After starting the year 5-13, the Mets are 35-26. With 83 games remaining they are five games behind the Atlanta Braves for the Wild Card. For as bad as our Mets have been, they are putting themselves in position to be in a pennant race for the 4th time in 6 years (would be five if not for that terrible road trip last season).

Now that we’ve gone back and remembered where the Mets have come from, how they have been competitive only to break our hearts, I urge Mets fans to sip with caution. If there is still Kool-Aid to be drank in late July, I promise it will be better tasting and more refreshing than if you drink it now. The next few weeks will be very telling for the Mets. David Wright should be back after the All-Star break and we’ll find out what this team is made of. For now, enjoy the ride, because it could end at any moment, as these Mets have proven to us, year after year.

Enjoy the best weekend of the summer:  Lots of picnics, fireworks, American pride, and Yankees vs. Mets