You may know Jim Breuer as a comedian, but he’s also a maniacal New York Mets fan – one who enjoyed every moment of the Mets’ memorable run to the World Series a season ago.
Granted, the Mets lost to the Royals in five games, but they return almost every major contributor, including Yoenis Cespedes, who signed a three-year, $75 million deal in January.
“I am so comfortable as a Mets fan,” Breuer said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “However, the honeymoon is slowly ending. Not ending, but at the end of the day, he’s got to hit the ball. He’s got to stop swinging at the pitches that he swings at. The league figured him out that last month. And he showed up (to spring training) a big boy. I’m going to say he put on 35 to 40 pounds. He’s huge. Huge.”
Cespedes, who carried the Mets to the postseason, hit .206 in the ALCS and World Series combined. No homers. One double. Four RBIs. Without Cespedes mashing like he was for much of 2015, the Mets had little chance against the balanced Royals.
Still, the pessimism among Mets fans, who hadn’t tasted a Fall Classic since 2001, is absent in spring training for the first time in a long time.
“Oh yeah, it’s gone,” Breuer said. “Yes, this is the first year it’s officially gone. Now, check back after the first week. That’s the way Mets fans are. But I will say, not since 1986, for me as a Mets fan, have I ever felt (this comfortable). It’s just gone. You forget we have the four horsemen – (Jacob) deGrom, (Matt) Harvey, (Noah) Syndergaard, Steven (Matz) – with a fifth one galloping in the distance with (Zack) Wheeler. You have Bartolo Colon, who’s amazing all the way up until the All-Star break. You have a great bullpen.”
Offensively, the Mets must overcome the loss of Daniel Murphy, who hit .328 with seven home runs last postseason. Murphy signed a three-year deal with the Nationals in January.
Breuer believes the Mets will be fine without him.
“(Neil) Walker is starting to hit, and (Michael) Conforto and Dilson Herrera look like monsters this spring,” Breuer said. “I know it’s only spring, but boy, they look good.”
When Breuer isn’t watching spring training, he’s been busy performing. He has several projects he’s working on, including:
A comedy tour called “The Spring Training Tour” (additional info can be found on JimBreuer.com)
A new heavy metal album with his new band “Jim Breuer and the Regulators”
And two new podcasts: “Mets & More” (baseball podcast) and “The Metal In Me” (music podcast)
“I love baseball, so I like checking out all the teams and who’s looking good, who’s trying out and all that jazz,” said Breuer, who is touring all over Florida this month. “But yeah, I’m no dummy. I really booked it a) to be around baseball and b) to get out of the Northeast.”