So why did I choose to create a New York Mets blog? That’s a pretty good question actually. My unhealthy obsession with the New York Mets began a long time ago. Well for me it seems like a long time ago, but for other fans that might not be the case. I’m 23 years old, so I’ve lived through the disappointing Subway Series, the heartbreak of the 2006 NLCS, and the collapses of 2007 and 2008. I know I can’t even come close to saying I’ve seen it all, but I digress.
My first memories as a fan of the New York Mets are from attending games with my Dad at Shea Stadium. I grew up like any other young Met fan during the nineties watching the likes of Piazza, Fonzie, Ventura, and Leiter. I was too young to be totally heartbroken when the 2000 World Series turned out the way it did. I was 10 at the time, and didn’t really understand the magnitude of what was happening. I was excited to see the Mets in the World Series, but I didn’t realize how special it was. Maybe if I knew then that some day I’d be 23 years old without having seen the Mets back in a World Series since it would’ve sunk in. I was spoiled by the 1999 and 2000 New York Mets, and quite frankly I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. The Mets of the early 2000’s quickly taught me all about what being a Met fan was really like.
It was frustrating watching guys like Mo Vaughn, Robbie Alomar, and Kaz Matsui be trotted out to represent I team that I loved. The New York Mets of the early 2000’s are certainly not what inspired me to create a New York Mets blog, let’s put it that way. By 2005 things got interesting though, and this time I could fully comprehend it. Watching David Wright and Jose Reyes come up through the farm system and succeed was special. Although I will say that my favorite Met at this time was Cliff Floyd. This has everything to do with the fact that he signed an autograph for me and my brothers before a game in 2004.
The 2006 season is another one I look back on, and think about how spoiled I was. Watching the Mets cruise to a NL East title was really cool, and seeing some playoff baseball was even better. 2006 is also when the most overshadowed play in Mets history occurred. Damn you Aaron Heilman. Compared to recent years, I’d love to see anything like 2006 again.
I’m going to lump the stretch of 2007 through the present into one because although some years were better than others, the outcome has been the same. No playoff baseball. It has been a really tough time to be a fan of the New York Mets. Only the most die-hard fans still support the team in public, and I think that’s sad.
The lone bright moment that has occurred at Citi Field was Johan Santana’s no hitter. Other than that the place has been a graveyard. It find this comical because the next time the Mets are in the playoffs, it will undoubtedly be a sell-out crowd. Where are these people that will fill those seats? This is the kind of stuff that has led to the creation of Mets on Deck. I desperately needed a place to vent my feelings about the New York Mets. It’s really tough being a fan of the Mets when 85% of the people I know are Yankee fans (ew).
So I created my very own New York Mets blog, and became involved with the Mets community on Twitter. I found that there are plenty of fans just like me. It’s been refreshing to say the least. Creating a New York Mets blog has been a great way to share my feelings about the team, talk to other fans, and keep my sanity. I like to believe that in four years I will be able to look back at 2013 and realize I wrote this post when the Mets were at rock bottom.
The system has some promising pieces to build around. Matt Harvey has given me something to look forward to every fifth day, and Captain Wright reminds me of everything the team has been through in the last decade. With guys like Zach Wheeler and Travis d’Arnaud on the horizon, I have some faith. I really do believe that the Mets will see better days, and this New York Mets blog will have happier posts during them. For now I’m left in limbo watching Marlon Bryd play the outfield. That’s what being a Met fan is all about. We struggle through these terrible seasons searching for the light at the end of the tunnel. If I wanted to take the easy way out I would be a Yankee fan, but believe me that isn’t even remotely close to being an option. I bleed orange and blue, and I always will.