We will know we’re living in the darkest timeline if this winter Marcus Stroman flees the New York Mets to sign with the New York Yankees.
If you’ve seen the show Community, you may be familiar with the concept of the Darkest Timeline. Essentially, it’s the worst-case scenario for a particular event. If you know a few things about alternative universes, string theory, and other science stuff, you can grasp the idea pretty easily. In the case of the New York Mets, there is an obvious darkest timeline when it comes to Marcus Stroman.
This dark timeline isn’t exclusive to Stroman. You can take out his name and replace it with any Mets player most people would like to see stick around.
Exactly what happens in this timeline? Stroman signs with the New York Yankees and goes on to have a successful career.
As a native New Yorker about to have his first chance to have some say in where he plays, there’s plenty of reason to believe Stroman may decide to stick with the Mets. The ball club is a little more welcoming to unique personalities even just beyond the facial hair.
That’s not to say Stroman will choose the Mets over the Yankees merely because he wants to grow a beard or continue to have a little more freedom on social media. There are 28 other teams outside of New York where he can play.
However, it’s a deal with the Yankees that would taste the bitterest. Isn’t that always the case with this ball club?
Yes, Stroman could always end up with a National League East rival. For some reason, this doesn’t taste as bad. Maybe it’s because the geographical distance is stronger. There also aren’t nearly as many ex-Mets who have succeeded with the NL East teams as they have with the Yankees.
Notably, it’s a pair of pitchers from the 1980s that come to mind. David Cone and Dwight Gooden both went from the Mets to the Yankees with some stops in between. Each added a ring to their collection and did something no pitcher in franchise history had at the time: pitch a no-hitter.
It’s no secret there’s a sports hate between Mets and Yankees fans. Regardless of the borough you live in or small New Jersey town you call home, chances are you’ve run across some Yankees fan you just couldn’t stand.
The rivalry between these two is like no other in baseball. Few teams share a city and the ones that do aren’t nearly as vicious toward each other as the two New York baseball clubs.
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Anytime the Mets lose a player to the Yankees, whether it’s a year later or a whole decade has passed, it’s a punch to the gut. If Stroman left the Mets for the Yankees, there’s no doubt in my mind we’re living in what Abed Nadir referred to as, the darkest timeline.