Most New York Mets fans won’t see their favorite NFL team in this year’s Super Bowl. However, thanks to Patrick Mahomes’ connection to the organization through his father, there’s an easy rooting interest.
Fandom from one sport to another rarely crosses cities. Unless you’re someone who simply roots against whatever team Drake is clinging to for the postseason run, you’re probably centered on one particular city with a few exceptions. In this year’s Super Bowl, New York Mets fans will have to travel a little further to find a rooting interest.
Fortunately, there’s an obvious connection to the orange and blue team. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes a son of a Met. Because of this, it’s quite easy to get onboard.
In 1999 and 2000, another Pat Mahomes suited up for the Mets. He put together a solid comeback campaign in his first year, winning eight games as a reliever and pitching to a 3.68 ERA.
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It was an important year for Mahomes after several poor big league seasons. A rough season in 1997 took him to the Nippon Pro Baseball League for the 1998 campaign before he returned to the states on a deal with the Mets.
Mahomes’ success carried into the 1999 postseason where he had a stellar NLCS performance out of the bullpen. In 6.1 innings of work, he allowed just one run.
Sadly, this was about the end of the extended success Mahomes experienced in Flushing. In 2000, he was 5-3 with a 5.46 ERA spread out over five starts and another 47 appearances out of the bullpen. It was his final year in New York, but not the end of his career.
Mahomes pitched for three more seasons, never quite replicating what he did in 1999. All the while, he never knew he had already fathered a future NFL star.
The younger Mahomes hasn’t made it a secret which MLB team he holds near to his heart. He has already appeared in Mets jerseys before as a tribute to the two years his father spent with the Amazins.
Recent seasons haven’t been too kind to the New York NFL teams. To see Mahomes, the son of a Met, reach the Super Bowl gives fans of this baseball team an obvious rooting interest.
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