In today’s New York Post columnist Steve Serby discusses Zack Wheeler‘s first start, scheduled for the second game of today’s day-nigh doubleheader with the Atlanta Braves, with Mets great Tom Seaver. In it Seaver warns Mets fans not to judge Wheeler too quickly.
Seaver said the following (directed more toward Wheeler than to fans:
“It’s not gonna happen in one game,” Seaver said. “And you shouldn’t think, ‘Here I am for the next 20 years,’ either. It might be a month, or two months, before you really understand who you are and if you can or cannot do this. This is a continual learning curve.”
But just as Wheeler shouldn’t expect greatness in game 1 of his major league career so should fans not expect it. One game does not make a career. With any luck Wheeler will be around for a while regardless of how he does tonight. So rather than set lofty expectations we should just sit back and enjoy.