This is why I’m a fan.
I would say that I’m at a loss for words, but I’m writing right now. My first memory of being a Mets fan was in 2006 during NLDS game 2. I remember hopping on the 7 express train at Queensboro Plaza, standing by the window on a crowded subway car with 75 Mets fans. I remember seeing Shea Stadium glowing in the distance, as we left the 111th street subway station. I then remember seeing the glowing Shea neons as we approached the station. I remember the electricity of the ramp as we descended upon Shea Stadium for Game 2 of the 2006 National League Division Series. My seven year old self loved that feeling, hearing the “Let’s Go Mets!” chants all night, but then we got eliminated. No problem, we thought. We would be back next year. We had the collapse of 2007, the heart brake of 2008 and the DL Ridden team of 2009 (Which is a The7Line original). We hit rock bottom that year and things never looked up until 2012. We had the no-hitter, the 20 win season, and fans started showing up to games. Then we had the All-Star Game in 2013 and we saw Citi Field shake a little bit for the first time.
Unfortunately, 2013 and 2014 were not great years. We did not have quality bats, and our pitching still hadn’t hit it’s prime. This year though, the Mets roster was perfect, and I couldn’t be prouder of our team.
Here’s some reaction from some of my favorite bloggers that I’m proud to call my mentors. If you don’t recognize any of them, make sure to check out their blog.
Matthew Cerrone – MetsBlog.com
It’s a lot of work to root for them too. It’s not always easy. But, that’s the relationship. It’s what working in baseball and being a fan is all about. I love my work. I don’t get sprayed with champagne and I watch most games alone, writing. However, it’s moments like this, and knowing you and the team are smiling, knowing you are all peaceful and all on the same page, that makes me happy. That’s my reward. That’s my celebration. And watching the video in this post, seeing these guys act like this, seeing fans at McFadden’s and outside Citi Field scream out of joy, seeing online fans who may never meet in person be so happy together, it’s a an amazing and special thing. It’s a wonderful, nice, simple moment that, even though insignificant when compared to more serious aspects of life, makes us happy. And that’s what baseball is all about. So, have fun, everyone, cut loose, and enjoy this escape and celebration, because you’ve all earned it…
Michael Baron – MLB.com’s #1 Ranked Blogger – JustMets.net
It’s Thursday morning. The sun is shining, the air is crisp, the leaves are colorful.
It’s a typically quiet, unassuming, fairly routine start to a mid-October day.
But you’re tired. Your head hurts from fatigue and joy all rolled into one.
And you see the first person of the day wearing a Mets jacket, not your typical mid-October dress code.
Then it hits you, again.
The New York Mets – yes, the New York Mets – are the 2015 National League Champions.
Rob Piersall – Mets Merized Online
The Mets will begin the World Series starting Tuesday night away against the American League champion, who is still to be determined.
What an incredible season! Four more wins, Mets fans! We can do this!
And while I don’t have a cool story where I hoped on a flight to Chicago to catch a glimpse of the Mets winning the pennant, I will always remember last night. The fact that I can walk through my town and see people wear Mets gear with NL Champs in bold is something I never thought I would see.
I hope there is more in stock for this magical team. Weirder things have happened, that’s baseball.