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Mets making magic on a budget

Young, gritty team may not play into October -- but who cares?

Updated: May 10, 2012, 4:20 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

For so many years we were sold a faulty premise -- that New Yorkers will not stand to wait for building from within, as if the New York Yankees' dynasty was not fueled as much by the homegrown core of Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera and Bernie Williams as by the team's wild free-agent spending.

Austerity has shifted the New York Mets' pendulum far in the other direction.

But in terms of likability, and energy and enthusiasm, this Mets team -- now five games over .500 ...

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