I have been a Mets fan ever since I was born (my parents both with the same deal, back in the late 50’s and early 60’s). My two uncles and father were fans of the New York Giants and my grandfather played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 40’s. My mother was born on the day the Mets were inaugurated on April 11th, 1962. They all turned to become Mets fans that season in 1962, when they were terrible, with their last place MLB record 40-120 record.
Being a New York Mets fan is not easy at all. They don’t win all the time and, at times, it seems like they try to find new ways to lose games. Some years even the most loyal fan forgets about the New York Mets during the Hockey and Basketball playoffs from April through June and Football kicks off from September to October. With all this said, we Mets fans have a deep passion for the team and the game of baseball.
We have many moments to be proud of however, and that is what separates us from Yankee fans. We don’t nearly have the same amount of championships, but what we do have is a deep pride in the two that we own. We christen all members of playoff teams as heroes, legends, and Gods. All true Mets fans can name almost every player on the 1969 Miracle Mets, the 1973 “Ya Gotta Believe” team, the 1986 World Series team, the 1988 NL East Champion team, the 1999 Wild Card team, the 2000 World “Subway” Series runners-up, the 2006 NLDS Champion team, and the current 2015 NLDS Champion team.
I will now name twenty moments that all true Mets fans know and can recite with loud excitement…
- The Black Cat Game against the Chicago Cubs in September of 1969.
- Tom Seaver’s “Imperfect Game” in July of 1969, lost with 2 outs in the ninth inning, against Jimmy Qualls of the Chicago Cubs.
- Tommie Agee’s brilliant two diving catches in Game 3 of the 1969 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles.
- Ron Swoboda’s incredible diving catch to save the day in Game 4 of the 1969 World Series.
- The Shoe Polish Home Run of Donn Clendenon to give the Mets the World Series lead and win over the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles.
- Cleon Jones’ Series ending kneel-down catch to win the 1969 World Series.
- Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose’s benches-clearning brawl in Game 7 of the 1973 NLCS at Shea.
- Todd Pratt’s Walk-Off Home Run in Game 4 to win the NLDS against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Shea Stadium in 1999.
- Robin Ventura’s Walk-Off “Grand-Slam Single” to win Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS against the Atlanta Braves at Shea.
- Endy Chavez’s gave-saving catch in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals at Shea.
- Winning the First Ever Regular-Season Subway Series Game against the New York Yankees on a complete game shutout by Dave Mlicki at Yankee Stadium in 1997.
- Mike Piazza’s Post 9/11 Home Run against the Atlanta Braves, in the first sporting event held in New York City or Long Island after September 11th, 2001. (I was there for that!)
- Johan Santana’s No-Hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on June 1st, 2012. (I was there for that too!)
- The Double-Tag Out at Home Plate by Paul LoDuca in Game 1 of the 2006 NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Shea. (I was also there for that one as well!)
- Lenny Dykstra’s Walk-Off Home Run against the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the 1986 NLCS at Shea.
- Benny Agbayani’s Walk-Off Home Run against the San Fransisco Giants in Game 3 of the 2000 NLDS at Shea.
- Bobby Jones’ One Hitter in the clinching Game 4 of the 2000 NLDS against the San Fransisco Giants at Shea.
- The 16-Inning Marathon Game 6 in Houston, at the Astrodome, against the Astros, in which the Mets won the 1986 NLCS, and headed to the 1986 World Series….
And it goes without saying that we all know what happened in the other two moments, in Game 6 and Game 7 of the World Series at Shea Stadium against the Boston Red Sox. ALL Mets fans can quote Vin Scully’s call of Mookie Wilson’s grounder to Bill Buckner to win the Game. “Little roller up along first, BEHIND THE BAG! IT GETS THROUGH BUCKNER! HERE COME KNIGHT, AND THE METS WIN IT!” Jesse Orosco’s strikeout at the end of Game 7, might just be the greatest pitcher celebration ever.
We have had so many Hall of Famers play for the Mets, but only one has gone in as a Met, Tom Seaver. We have had other Hall of Famers such as Yogi Berra, Joe Torre, Duke Snider, Warren Spahn, Casey Stengel, Pedro Martinez, Tom Glavine, and Gary Carter. But all Mets fans think there should be more, which is why the Mets have their own Hall of Fame, which put in the likes of Mets greats such as, Darryl Strawberry, Jerry Koosman, Dwight Gooden, Tommie Agee, Cleon Jones, Tug McGraw, John Franco, Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, Rusty Staub, and Mike Piazza.
Yes, we are a rare bunch of fans, and are definitely not the majority in this town, but what we do have is the most loyal fanbase in Major League Baseball. There is no such thing as a bandwagon Mets fan. We are fans for life, in an inseparable brother and sisterhood, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.