We did it, Mets fans!
A spot on the list that matches the mediocrity of our lovable baseball club! FanSided recently published their Fandom 250 list, outlining some of the best fanbases in sports. And our loveable fan base of loveable curmudgeons has finished at 119.
All jokes aside though, I really am proud of this fanbase. We complain day in and day out. We put up with the worst of team ownership. And we still carry that little glint of hope in our hearts that this may just be the year it all happens for the Metropolitans. We are a rare breed and we should always stick together and forever embrace that.
The fans I’m referring to are the ones that will forever go down with the ship. Our dark sense of sarcasm and humor gets us through the harshest times. But that only means that we feel that sense of pure joy so much more intensely when things go our way.
To quote Jared Diamond from the 2015 documentary “Tears of Joy” (which you can watch whenever you want to torture yourselves):
"Mets fans are the most passionate fans you’ll see, in any sports team anywhere. And I do think it’s because, yeah, they’re not always good. But when they’re good, it’s so special. The Mets belong to Mets fans."
I couldn’t agree more. Sure we have terrible ownership at the helm. And we may get those few bright spots only ever so often. But I think the reason the Mets have been the only team, throughout all my sports fandom’s that I’ve never wavered from, is because I’ve always felt they were mine.
Even if by some odd chance the Mets were consistently good for a string of years. They would always be my underdogs. And the sense we get when they succeed is that of “look what we did!” Mets fans feel as though they’ve earned those victories just as much as the team itself. The highs are fantastic. But that also means the lows can be just as harsh.
Here’s to you my fellow Mets fans! Let’s get ready for another heartbreak together. The first round is on me.