Conan O’Brien has accomplished a lot in his comedy career. From working on The Simpsons to becoming a late night legend, he has brought joy to the lives of many. We can now exclude New York Mets fans from this list.
To his 28.5 million followers on Twitter and anyone else who saw it retweeted, Conan sent this out to anyone willing to read it:
A troll job targeting the team you root for most, it brings back memories of other times when through comedy the Mets were made it to be the New Jersey of baseball teams.
Conan O’Brien isn’t the first to laugh at the Mets missing the playoffs
You’ve probably seen Family Guy. You probably also know at least a few people who refer to it as The Family Guy. It’s probably an aunt or an uncle with little sense of humor.
Who can forget this famous clip practically saying the same thing as Conan?
Born in Massachusetts in 1963, we can come to a conclusion that this is a guy who saw his beloved Boston Red Sox fall to the Mets in 1986. He would have been 23 at the time. To see a lifetime of baseball agony slip between the legs of Bill Buckner likely put a personal grudge in O’Brien’s head against the Mets.
Or maybe, despite turning a corner with the ownership change, the Mets remain a whipping boy of the public.
After all, this is the same team that is referenced yearly for Bobby Bonilla Day even though he receives only a fraction of the amount that others are getting paid in their deferred contracts. It’s just fun to make fun of the Mets for some people. For a long time, they were the Los Angeles Clippers of baseball. The 2022 season will, for our sake, hopefully be a little bit different.
Mets fans know all about jokes aimed at their team because, well, nobody can do them better than the fans themselves. It’s a self-deprecating fanbase. The team began as lovable losers. Both times they did win championships, they had to overcome some incredible odds. The fans can take a joke. And if you take the time to look through the responses to the tweet, so can fans of teams like the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners.
In an alternative universe, I imagine the tweet had a different target. Until they won it all, the Chicago Cubs were revered as the joke baseball team. With the 2016 championship flag still waving at Wrigley Field, it’s the Mets who get the left hook from the punchline.