— Days Without Shea —

Met fans everywhere are suffering an existential pain that has no remedy. In the workplace, in my family, in my neighborhood...people keep asking me the same question: am I rooting for the Yankees or the Phillies?

The prevailing opinion seems to be that Met fans should root for the Spankees. I disagree. I have no interest in seeing A-roids win a title. And Chan Ho Park and Pedro really deserve a ring after the great years they've had.

The truth for Met fans - we can't win. This was not our year, never meant to be our year, and I'm fairly confident next year's not our year either. Given the way our collective luck has been going, I wouldn't be surprised if the World Series ended in a tie and both our hated rivals ended up with banners to hold over our sorry heads.

So find something else to do the next seven to ten days. Here's a start. Watch this clip of Martha Quinn interviewing Roger McDowell and a remarkably svelte Lenny Dykstra, who makes things very uncomfortable about 55 seconds into the interview. I'll keep finding more distractions in the coming days, while I sit up here in Loge13 contemplating Life, the Universe and Everything:

[October 27, 2009 8:51 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Doug said

I have to root for the Yankees. I can deal with one more World Championship for them, as my skin has grown some type of immunity.

I cannot root for the Philles simply because most of the Phillies fans I've met are a big bunch of a$$holes, who, if there weren't obnoxious and arrogant before, will be so g-d damn arrogant now... Just think, for 9 games next year at Citi Field. Phillies fans walking with red shirts reading, "Back to Back WFC baby!!" "We beat the Yanks in the Series, and you can't because your team sucks!"

I might go postal.

So, it's the Yankees for me. It's not the players, it's their fans.

And watching that video just reminds me how far the Mets have sunk on the popularity ladder in this town.

Let me go cry now....


[October 27, 2009 10:02 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Perdo said

The only things worse then this WS match up would be if the economy tanked, if I lost my job and if the country was going to hell while being run by a bunch of environmentalist Marxist...Oh wait...that's really happening too. 2010 can't come soon enough.

[October 28, 2009 4:44 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

Yesterday, 23 years ago, I was at Game 7 to see the Mets win the World Series. Today, I went to the parade. Never taught I would have to wait SO LONG for the next one.
P.S. I only root for 2 teams, The Mets and WHOEVER is playing the YANKEES!

[October 29, 2009 9:04 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Kingman said

Doug, you make a compelling case, actually. Watching the Spankees celebrate on Shea's field in 2000 was the only justification for tearing down our old stadium. We'll never shake the horror of that defeat.

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