Well, the New York Mets have done it again: They made baseball history yesterday by creating the biggest, choking, collapse in the history of the game that left children weeping:
Women in tears:
And grown men crying to the heavens while the winners wallowed in cascades of champagne:
The NY Daily News summed up the rotten season this way:
The Mets completed a historic collapse on the season’s
final day as Tom Glavine, their Hall of Fame-bound pitcher, put them in
a seven-run hole before their hitters even had a chance to swing. In
first place from May 16 until Friday night, and owners of a seven-game
lead with 17 games left, the Mets saw their season officially end four
minutes after an 8-1 loss to the Marlins yesterday at Shea, when the
Phillies finished off the Nationals.
Will manager Willie Randolph pay the price for the choke?
Here’s a fine graphic from the NY Daily news semiotically demonstrating the Mets’ September free-fall:
Now we must ask what sort of child would root for the Mets in Queens
when you have the Yankees right up the hill in the Bronx.
What child wouldn’t want to root for an ongoing winner like the Yankees
instead of a perpetual loser like the Mets?
Do children decide their team colors and their rooting interest?
their parents hand down misbegotten dreams that franchises like the
Mets will actually win more often than the historically excellent
Did anyone ever tell the Mets that orange and blue are the ugliest
color combination in the history of sport? Is it possible the team
colors hold the curse for perpetual failure?
Where is fandom born? In the body or on the neighborhood streets?
As a local caller shouted on a local SportsTalk radio show:
child abuse to let a kid be a Mets fan, ’cause all it does is teach
them how to lose and be miserable for the rest of their lives!“
Truer words were never yelled into a telephone as yet another
disappointing season is spiked into the woeful hearts of Mets fans
everywhere and we Yankees fans
can only sit back and nod and knowingly gloat how we always have the
best and most talented team on the field anywhere in the world at any