Monday, February 6, 2012

But I Like Rooting For Them

With yet another New York sports championship won by a team I don't have a rooting interest in I found myself wishing, hoping, praying, etc. for just one chance to experience the ultimate goal.

Some people might think I'm crazy for rooting for the Mets year after year.  They might question why I want to see them win a championship when it doesn't look like anything is going to happen anytime soon.  I understand that thinking but I also understand more than that.  I know that when the Mets do win it will be cooler than anything.  It will be more fulfilling than any championship from any other team ever could.  Because I will know that I was there for the entire ride.  I will remember when they were so close to the World Series in 2006.  I'll remember the heartbreak of 2007 that still makes me want to cry.  The injuries in 2009 that just never seemed to end.  And the rebuilding that is going on right now.

Eventually the pieces will come together and boy will it be fun to watch.  But only the true fans will share the ultimate excitement.  Sure, there will be the fans that say they love it.  There will be the fans that claim to remember it all.  But when the 2007, 2008, 2009 seasons are mentioned they'll shrug them off like it's no big deal.  The die-hards will remember those seasons and, I don't really know how they'll look back on them.  I haven't had the chance to bask in the success of one season while reminiscing about the unfortunate past.  I haven't had a time when those tear-your-hair-out, want-to-throw-something-at-the-TV, on-the-verge-of-tears moments were a thing of the past.

One day they all will be though.  I will know that the championship could not have happened without every previous season.  I don't know when that will be.  I do know that no celebration will be sweeter than a Mets celebration.  Because it means I'll have been through everything with this team.

Let's Go Mets!

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