Step right up and greet the Mess

Amid busted hopes and a hellish second half, the Mets' season has turned to sawdust

Updated: August 24, 2010, 10:15 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

Three years ago, Tom Glavine and Paul Lo Duca distributed to their New York Mets teammates bright orange T-shirts bearing a picture of a clown and the slogan, "There Ain't A Big Top Big Enough For This Circus."

Both have since departed, with Glavine a recent inductee into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame.

For the Mets, though, the circus continues. And despite an organizational obsession with how the franchise is perceived by the media and public, the big top ...

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