The Lovable Losers
Monday, April 19th, 2010
For their entire 48 years of existence, the Mets have had it hard. The team won two World Series championships in 1969 and 1986, but lost two others in 2000 and in 1973. The Yankees, on the other hand, have done a lot better, winning 27 championships. But there is a lot wrong with them, from the fans, to their game prices, to the way they recruit players. So, you must turn to the Mets.
First, I'll start with the fans. Mets fans are the most supportive bunch in baseball. David Wright didn't make a run? It's okay, there is always next inning. There was an error catching a pop-up? Maybe *you* should try being a professional baseball player and catching a ball falling at 70 miles per hour toward your face.
However, Yankees fans don't give off the greatest impression. Every time the Yankees lose a game, the fans always refer to their 27 World Series titles, acting as if they were as historic as Obama's election. Yankees fans are also loud, cocky, and nurture the largest group of front-runners ever. In 2008, a Yankees fan hit and killed a Red Sox fan with her car, after he shouted "Yankees suck" at her. And really, how could you hate the Mets, dubbed the Loveable Losers?
Next, there is the issue of money. The Yankees have been known to buy free-agent players—those whose contract expired with one team and are free to join another. These are usually more experienced players, and those who become free-agents pray to get picked by the Yankees for a higher paycheck. But the management for the Mets scout the Minor League teams for their players. If you've ever seen a Minor League baseball game, you should know why this is important; it's where baseball players try their absolute best. I can't say I've seen a Major League Baseball game with 11 homeruns from one team. And though Mets players may not have a high paycheck, they stick with a team that has a great fanbase.
So give this a thought when you're asked that question on which team you prefer. Are you for the team that plays with heart or the team that plays with money?
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