[Full Disclosure: Some of you may be thinking, 'Wait, isn't Dave a Yankee fan?' I am. That has not changed. That said, I am a pro-Mets Yankee fan. I watch a lot of Mets games every year - their broadcast package is excellent - and generally wish the Metropolitan Baseball Club the best. Unless they're playing the Yankees.]
"What? Me worry."
You know things are going poorly for a sports franchise when its ownership is being sued for a billion dollars, and its fans desperately want those owners to lose the lawsuit. Such was the case for the Mets, the Wilpons, and the recently settled lawsuit with the Madoff Trustee. With a week until Opening Day, there is a dearth of optimism in Flushing. Jose Reyes is no longer a Met. Jason Bay still is. Team doctors diagnosed one of the team’s young stars with an affliction that may or may not even exist. The team hasn’t posted at least 80 wins since George W. Bush was still President. As a Yankee fan, I’m able to step back and look at the situation objectively. Things may not be all sunshine and puppy dogs in Mets-Land, but the situation might not be as dire as Mets fans are inclined to think. Continue reading
NEW YORK — “They just don’t get it. They don’t understand how it works,” a visibly beleaguered Chris Rothstein said. “I’ve heard so many Yankee fans talking about mass-suicides and chaos in Boston; it’s like they didn’t see what we went through for two straight years right next door to them.”
Rothstein is the founder of a group of Mets fans sympathetic to Boston fans coping with the Red Sox’s September collapse.
“Nobody’s throwing themselves off of a bridge. People are just walking around in a daze, thinking about the meaning of their lives at the moment and what got them here.”
Chin up, Kevin.
Throughout the month of September, Red Sox fans have watched near-nightly horrendous pitching performances (including five losses charged to middle reliever Daniel Bard) turn a nine-game lead in the American League Wild Card race into a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays. Even the Wall Street Journal Online ran an article entitled, “Boston Red Sox Are Making Their Fans Sad“.
Locally, sports fans have made comparison to the New York Mets collapses of 2007 and 2008. Rothstein and other Mets fans, recalling the emotions of those years, decided it was time to reach out to fellow sports fans in pain. After being informed that ‘It Gets Better‘ was already taken, they formed the non-profit ‘There’s Always the Season After Next‘ Foundation. Continue reading