Okay, so due to your pleas, bitching and whining I am succumbing to the pressure, and will post the two runner up essays that won the “Mets 50 Greatest Players” DVD ( courtesy of A&E Home Entertainment and MLB Baseball).
First is Wanda Engracia’s story about being a Mets fan:
I’m a Mets fan because I’m an eternal optimist and a stone-cold realist. I became a baseball fan in 1997. And it’s all due to one man. I started dating him in 1996 and I quickly realized that I was going to have to get into baseball and quick. It didn’t take much. The cute boys drew me in (I was 18!), but the inherent drama of the game kept me there. I knew I couldn’t become a Yankees fan. After all, they were fresh off their 1996 World Series victory. And I ain’t no bandwagoner! So it was that I came to choose the underdog Mets as my baseball team of choice. Since then, they’ve provided me with some thrills (1999, 2000, 2006, Johan’s no-hitter, among them) and a lot of heartache (as if I need to list them here). The Mets were also there when I most needed a welcome distraction. In January 2005, I lost my husband. While the 2005 season was unremarkable in most ways, it provided a steady distraction in the game we both loved. Whenever I see a Mets game, I’m still connected to him, however tenuous that connection may be. The Mets may wallow in mediocrity and outright crappiness, but I’ll always be here with hope that they’ll win. And with the knowledge that they probably won’t.
The co runner up is Lisa Ng and here is her subission :
I became a Mets fan in 1985 when I was just 5 years old. My Grandma lived about 20 minutes away and we would visit all the time. She was hands down, the biggest fan of baseball I’ve ever known. She would watch every game she could and even in 2005 at 86 years old, she could tell you any players name, what team they played for, and their stats. She was awesome.
I grew up in Pittsburgh and in the early to mid 80′s we got the channel that aired all the Mets games. I watched countless games with Grandma during those years. She taught me all their names. HoJo and Keith were her favorites and since Grandma was awesome, they were my favorites too. To this day Keith is still my all time favorite baseball player (other than my Uncle Pat).
I remember one of the things that stood out to me about those mid 80′s teams were that they seem like some sort of extended family. That’s one thing that the Mets seem to carry with them through the years. We all bond together during the good times and the bad. I live in Atlanta now and whenever I wear Mets gear, of course I get the glares from Braves “fans”, but I also always get at least one “Let’s Go Mets.” There is such a great camaraderie with our fan base. This is also evidenced on Twitter. Every one seems to be one big happy Mets Twitter Fam…..most of the time.
Anyway, I met my husband in 2002. When I learned that he grew up in New Jersey and was a Mets fan, I knew he was a keeper. He has taken me all over the country to see the Mets play. When we got married in Vegas, we had a Mets cake topper, I had a Mets garter, and I had a Mets grooms cake made for him as a surprise. I also bought him silver Mets logo cufflinks to wear. We had to incorporate our beloved team in some way.
Now, a few years later, we have a baby girl. We named her Shea. Was there really any other choice? When she was one day old, we put her in a Mets onesie. She came home from the hospital sporting one too. Her room is decorated with Mets things and Mets teddy bears and such. I’ve been told by some people that it may be overkill. It’s possible……….naaaah.
Win or lose, through good and bad, Shea will be raised a Mets fan. Not only because it’s the best team (I know, I know), but it’s kind of like a little part of Grandma I’m passing down. We look out for each other, we understand each other’s pain (and there has been much), and we all dream of the day when we can celebrate again.
Once again thank you all for you entries and making this contest so successful.