Sometimes people wonder why Mets fans exist. We always seem to be so okay with mediocrity, but for me, mediocrity is actually good. I’ve grown up knowing a Mets team that has broken my heart time and again, from Carlos Beltran striking out looking on Adam Wainwright’s curveball in game 7 of the 2006 NLCS, to the Mets losing the World Series in 2015 thanks to Daniel Murphy’s lack of defensive ability. Despite enduring these trials and tribulations of being a devout Mets fan.
I wasn’t always a Mets fan though. My mom tells me the story of when I visited my family in Minnesota when I was a toddler, and a policeman gave me a Twins baseball card. My mom said to me, “Jacob, what do you say to that nice man”, and I promptly reply, “Let’s go Yankees!” Thankfully I have had some great influences that have pulled me away from the dark side of New York.
My family is mostly made of Yankees fans, but my aunt and uncle were the outliers in the family, being Mets fans, and I’m 90% convinced that my grandfather is still a Brooklyn Dodgers fan, despite them moving to Los Angeles about 60 years ago. My aunt is the one who whisked me away from the Yankees fans and showed me the light. I have her to owe for my undying support for my favorite team, but also her to blame for molding me into a suffering Mets fan, which I proudly display in my Twitter bio (@17Riegel).
The reason I love the Mets is for one reason only. Passion. Mets fans are passionate, strong, and have unwavering support for the team. The reason that teams other than the Mets don’t have a cult following, like The 7 Line Army, a success and passionate apparel company and fan group, is because most teams don’t have fans with the same spirit as Mets fans. Half the people in New York wearing Yankees caps couldn’t tell you who Tino Martinez is, but ask a Mets fan about Bobby Bonilla, and they can rant for hours.
Mets fans as well as my self have had to deal with so much misfortune, bad teams, and cheap owners. The Mets have been good the past two years, and the mediocrity is starting to creep in this year. But mediocrity is good for us, it keeps us sane, hungry, and humble, unlike the fans of the other New York team who will respond to any argument against their team by yelling “27 World Series'” in your face. I love the Mets for their passionate fans and players, and I’m hoping that the new generation of Amed Rosario and Dom Smith brings the light back to Flushing.
Written by Jake Riegel