Whine & Cheese

By Macy Golder

Recently, I was asked “what is the difference between a Mets fan and a baby?” First off, I had no response because I had absolutely no idea.  Second of all I didn’t even realize it was a joke.

So I then sat there confused, not to mention I am a blonde and thinking of all of the possible answers to this lame joke.

They then went ahead and told me the answer or so called punch line of this joke..

The baby will stop whining after a while.

I sat there, still confused, because as an avid Mets fan I didn’t find it funny.  Not because the point of the joke was to make fun of Mets fans, but because it was just really dumb. Anyway, as time went on I kept thinking about Mets fans and the consistent “whining” they do according to this guy.

Apr 1, 2013; Queens, NY, USA; New York Mets fan James Johnson poses for a photo before the opening day game against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Doesn’t every sports fan whine when they don’t like the way something has been done or the way something is going? Is that anything new to us? Whether you are a Phillies fan whining about Charlie Manuel or a Marlins fan whining about well ya know, the Marlins, then props to you for being a fan and caring. It’s fans like you who give baseball character. If every fan sat there and just applauded the good plays made and there was no negative fan reaction, then what changes would be made to fix the bad?

So what puts Mets fan into the category of whiners?

If anything, to me, saying that a fan whines is a compliment. If the team wasn’t doing well and I wasn’t upset about it, that would put me in the category of a fan who doesn’t know what’s going on. If I don’t know what’s going on, am I really a fan? If I wasn’t a fan, no matter how bad the team was performing, I wouldn’t be put into the category of a “whining Mets fan.”

We whine because as fans we want what is best for the team and for them to be successful. For example, Mets fans know that Ike Davis is really struggling both offensively and defensively.  And at this point, he’s even struggling in interviews. Oh Ike.

So why do we (the fans) whine about it? Because WE want a change. WE want to see the Mets score runs, WE want the Mets to win games. Oh and to not be 10 games below .500.

So to the guy who told me this joke, thanks. Here’s my response to him: Go back to being a real baseball fan where you’ll find something to whine about for your team. Pay attention to your team, not the girl who just wants the best for hers.

Fake fans, you’re the cheese.  Real fans, we’re the whine.

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