Being a Mets fan can be hard at times.
We yell, we argue, we get mad at the owners, the GM, the players, and each other. And that’s on good days!
I’m kidding (just a little bit) of course, but we are a special group of baseball fans. We’ve seen it all, experienced highs and lows, and still walk out of the house wearing that Mets’ hat with pride.
Admit it. You still have that Doc Gooden jersey in your closet, probably hanging next to the jacket you bought after the ’86 championship.
What’s that? You still watch replays of the ball skipping between Buckner’s legs? Well, so do I. In fact, my son has now taken possession of the framed picture and autograph I got from Strawberry when I was 8 years old.
But as you already know, this is perfectly normal for us Mets fans. We are passionate, dedicated, and will roll with the team through the ups and downs.
Want to talk to me about 2007? Fine, but you will get an ear full about 1986, that crazy run in 2000, and of course 2015. And yes, I may have an opinion or two about Bernie Madoff.
Each one of us has a story about when and why we became a Mets fan.
I was at a baseball card show in 1986, doing what every 8-year-old in that day did; buying lots of baseball cards.
Darryl Strawberry was the featured guest and signed autographs all afternoon. The picture my son now has hanging in his room. Not only that, but later I actually ran into him in the hallway and had a short conversation.
I was hooked. I bought the hightop cleats he wore, wore his number when I played baseball that summer, and watched them win the World Series that fall.
My story is not unique. I’m sure your story is much better than mine.
Take a moment and think about it. Think about the first time you can remember cheering for the Mets.
The names have changed, the jerseys look different, the park is newer, but it’s still the Mets.
And coming off the season we just had, there is a lot to be excited about.
In 2015 we watched those Mets blast through the NL East, a division no one gave them a shot of winning before the season started.
We watched those Mets beat the Dodgers then steamroll the Cubs to reach the World Series. Yes, the World Series didn’t go as we had hoped but who thought they’d be there when the season started?
The expectations are sky-high for 2016 and we as fans are ready!
Pitchers and catchers will be reporting soon and many of us will be heading down to PSL to take in some of the spring training action.
What a great time to be a Mets fan and I believe its only going to get better.
The Cespedes signing, the improved bullpen, and those starting pitchers give us all something to smile about.
We’ll still argue, complain when ESPN disrespects our team, and get upset with the Wilpons from time to time.
But in the midst of all of that, remember why you are a fan.
It is definitely an awesome time to be a Mets fan and I am looking forward to Opening Night. LGM!