By: Mark Luglio
As all baseball fans know, the Mets were once-upon-this-April the hottest team in baseball, but now it couldn’t be further from the truth. A historic first half of the season for starter Jacob deGrom has put the Mets in the ever so familiar 4th place position in the National League East. June in particular, has been a nightmare for all fans, with the team producing an amusingly low amount of runs, and coincidentally, wins. It’s like a really horrible car crash in a way, where everything that could go wrong does and it’s just so gruesome you can’t look away−except nearly all devout, once hopeful fans have long since chosen to look away and stop watching until next April. What does this have to do with me? I’m glad you asked.
It was the second week of May, Mother’s Day just around the corner. What was I to gift my mother? A Mets game and dinner in Queens sounded like a nice experience to give for Mother’s Day, instead of just some other tangible gift. We picked Sunday, June 24th at 1:10 PM. Sure, the Mets had cooled off a bit, but they showed a lot of promise over the first three weeks. “They should turn it around,” I thought. But here we are, days away from my long-awaited fun day at the ballpark, and the Mets still stink.
I’ve been trying to figure out what to do…Burn the tickets? No, that’s too cynical. Fake being sick? No, too much guilt there. I could just go and spend five innings on the Shake Shack line then take some cuts in the batting cages of center field. Or, and I know this sounds crazy, I could sit, watch, and root for the Mets. One day of actual fandom won’t kill me, will it? But what if someone I know sees me there actually caring about the Mets, that can’t happen. Maybe I should just be honest, “Listen Mom, we’re not going to the game Sunday and here’s why…” It seems there’s no way out of this for me.
Well, where does that lead us? Prevention. Just because I fell victim and became another statistic doesn’t mean you have to. If we’ve learned anything here, it’s that you should never buy Mets tickets nearly two months in advance.
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