Thursday, January 15, 2009

Embarrassing Moments In Mets History

Buckle in folks, this going to be a long one. Why are we Mets fans? Are we masochists? Seems like the Mets can't go six months without making a move that makes us the laughing stock of baseball. The debut of the patch that will adorn the uniforms of the Mets during home games at City Field is only the latest in a long history of blunders.

Seriously, this is what we get? The Junkees introduce their patch, and this is ours? That's what we get for naming our stadium after a failing bank, and then letting the bank for chrissakes design the patch!

“It is compatible and consistent with Citigroup’s overall branding and graphic design elements,” Howard said. “That’s the connection. The Citi logo is a fairly simple logo. It’s ‘citi’ in lowercase, with a red arc. So they have more of a minimalist style to their brand and their logo. Obviously, as our partner for Citi Field, we’re going to give substantial deference to their design and graphic treatment.” Howard said the Mets were flattered that Citigroup designed a logo that incorporated the team’s blue and orange colors.

Flattered? Flattered!? It's a METS uniform that the patch will be sewn onto - don't the Mets get a say?!? Of course, if we left things up to the Mets designers, the same numnuts who came up with the Mets version of Turn Ahead The Clock Night and decided to embarrass their future Hall Of Famer Rickey Henderson by turning him into some kind of space mutant.

Not embarrassing enough for you? How about Shawn Estes missing Roger Clemens with a beanball? The beanball was supposed to be revenge for Clemens clocking Mike Piazza. Speaking of Mike Piazza, how about Piazza holding a press conference on the field to announce he wasn't gay? Or Steve Phillips holding a press conference to apologize for being a creep? This was reminiscent of Cleon Jones being forced to hold a press conference to apologize for a parking lot impropriety.

Speaking of parking lots, how about Karim Garcia and Shane Spencer getting into a fight with a local hooligan outside a pizza place in Florida? Speaking of food, how about Dirty/Tardy Sanchez screwing up the 2006 pennant chase by deciding he needed to get in a taxi and go for Dominican Food at 2AM? Speaking of Taxis, how about Tom Glavine busting out his teeth in a taxi accident? Remember Agent Tom Glavine said losing his teeth was "heartbreaking," but spitting the bit in the final game of the 2007 season was "not devastating".

Remember when the Mets were on the front cover of Newsday in 2002 for a marijuana scandal, "sparked" by the photo circulating of Grant Roberts smoking from a bong? Yeah, and we all really believed Bobby Cox when he said it was a *coincidence* when he sent Korean relief pitcher Jung Bong to pinch hit in the top of the 9th inning at Shea on the last game of the same season...

The Mets sure seem to finish seasons well, don't they? How about blowing a seven-game lead with 17 to play? And then duplicating the feat a year later?

How about allowing Tom The Franchise Seaver to go unprotected in a compensation pool and losing him to the White Sox, where he'd go on to win his 300th game at Yankees Stadium? How about Vince Coleman throwing a cherry bomb at fans in Los Angeles, or Bret Saberhagen spraying bleach from a water gun at reporters? Bobby Bonilla wearing earplugs to drown out the Shea Stadium boos? Kenny Rogers? Roger Cedeno? Allowing Fran Healy to man the TV mike for so long?

Folks, the reason why we put up with all this is not because we're mascochists. It's because we're fans. We're loyal to a fault, and we know that victory is twice as sweet when it takes a hard, rocky road to get there. Being a Mets fans means your not a front runner. Sure, you can go anywhere in the world and see a Yankees cap, but ask that person in that random city to name the Yankees starting rotation and you have a four out of five chance of getting a blank stare in return. But spot a Mets cap in Cleveland, and I'll bet you a Rheingold that the person bleeds orange and blue. Chin Up! We're in it together, Mets fans. And that's why I'll be at CityField this season, and that's why I'm excited that Santanas and Schneiders report in less than 30 days. Lets Go Mets in 2009!

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