My New York Mets fandom goes back to 2008. My friend and his brother had extra tickets to a game between the Mets and San Francisco Giants, so me and my dad went with them. Johan Santana was pitching, so there was a bit of electricity in the air. We all sat through an hour rain delay but stuck around to see the Mets win 5-0; Ramon Castro hit a home run and since the crowd cleared out a bit due to the rain, we all moved down to the front row, put our legs on the railing and ate hot dogs with the New York skyline in the background.
That was the night I fell in love with the Mets and baseball in general, and in a fairy-tale world it would have been my first Mets game ever and set a trend of seeing many Mets victories with my friends and father. But my first Mets game was John Franco bobblehead day back in 2003, when the Amazins’ played a doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners. The Mets lost the first game 13-1 and the second game 7-0. That set the trend of enduring through many tough years with this team.
I was crushed at the end of the 2008 season when the Mets went through their second-straight late season collapse. I was even more disappointed watching the Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series that October. Still, I couldn’t get enough of my new found love of baseball. My father bought me a book that winter that chronicled every World Series that tok place from 1903 to 2008. I read that thing cover to cover dozens of times, I basically became a little baseball historian at the age of 12.
Even though 2008 was the last relevant season for the Mets for quite a while, my love for baseball kept growing and growing. I can still tell you who won every World Series every year and many other baseball facts and statistics that serve no purpose whatsoever. But this love for the game opened my eyes up to the entire sports world, and it has led me down my current career path.
Since attending college, sports have expanded from just a hobby to my professional life. I’m the sports editor of my campus’ newspaper and I also intern with my school’s sports information office. Last summer, I had the chance to work with NYU and Baruch College’s Athletic Communications Departments. I still have about a year and a half left of college, and there’s no telling where I’ll end up once I graduate. But if things go well and I end up with a job that is related to sports in some fashion, it can all be traced back to that rainy July night in 2008.
Just as sports have become a part of my professional life, the Mets have started to become competitive again. Seeing the team go on their magical run in 2015 after only experiencing mediocrity was indescribable. Even though they fell short in the World Series, that team will always have a special place in my heart. Having seen them lose way more than I
have seen them win has made me a very unspoiled fan. I’m just happy that the Mets have put a winning product on the field and made the playoffs the past two years, and hopefully it will become three-straight playoff appearances in 2017. But with that being said, getting to experience this team winning a championship would evoke a feeling in me that I’m sure I can’t currently fathom.
There will be a lot of Mets stuff on this blog, but there will also be plenty of general baseball topics. I have such a passion and appreciation for the game and its history, and this is where you can see how much of a psychotic baseball fan I am.