Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
My friends at SNY.TV and I produced this video on the final day of the regular season last year, at which point I can honestly say I didn't expect this organization to turn things around so quickly...
I nearly cried this past Saturday night, not because of the players, but because of how happy I am for Mets fans. It happened again when I watched the above video. I could feel myself choking up again, because the life of a Mets fan is more than just spending on tickets and hats and hot dogs. It's about listening to Yankee fans brag about their success. It's about defending stupid moves, being embarrassed and let down year after year, yet simultaneously being excited for the following season. It's about constantly having to debate the most ridiculous issues online and at the store, at the barber shop or at dinner, and yet still tuning in at 7 pm. It's about tailgating before games. It's about developing meaningful and important relationships with strangers because we like the same baseball team. It's about #LOLMets and how the deck is stacked against us. It's about countless hours watching pitch after pitch, year after year, waiting for things to get better. It's about fans of other teams and other sports making us feel inadequate and alone for something we can't control.
You and I don't get rings when the Mets win a championship. We don't get sprayed with their champagne. We don't get a cut of the money. Instead, our return on (emotional, financial and physical) investment is that we get to feel satisfaction. We get to smile and finally be proud. We get peace. We get unity. And, most importantly, we get to know we're no longer alone, because we're all feeling and experiencing this together at the same time and for the same reason, because we are Mets fans.