This has to be one of the greatest sports disses ever. Let me explain.
I had a painful, joyful weekend. I ran my second ever half-marathon and shaved 20 minutes off my personal-best time (I finished at 2:39:46 -- and yes, that means it took me almost three hours last time). And because we ran on Saturday, that meant that when my wife and I went to meet some family in Lower Manhattan on Sunday, we took a cab. Walking wasn't really an option.
As we were cruising along down Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive, my wife (who's sports literate but not a crazed fan by any means) turned to me with a puzzled look and asked, "Why does New York hate the Mets?" I was confused.
"What do you mean?" I said.
She responded: "Well, we just passed an ad for Manhattan Mini Storage that said, 'Why leave a city that has six professional sports teams, and the Mets?'”
(Here's an article explaining the ad.)
Wow, that's harsh, I said, and explained that the Mets are pretty much the laughing stock of New York sports right now. She understood. But being as we are both fans of horrible teams right now (she the Astros and me the Brewers), she was a little puzzled that a city would turn on one if its teams.
Despite this being New York, I have to admit so was I. At the time, I said there were plenty of Mets fans around. But after seeing the little video stunt below, I'm convinced that all that's really left are the die-hards.
What am I talking about? Well, when the Mets lost on opening day last week, a staffer at the regional sports network SNY -- which broadcast the game -- chose to take out his frustration by playing the opening line to an infamous Mets-bashing clip from the adult cartoon "Family Guy" -- on live TV. Here's what I'm talking about:
SportsGrid says he's facing "appropriate" action. But I think the guy just became folk hero in NYC.
And if you're keeping track, I did just mange to weave a half-marathon, a cab ride, a marketing campaign, my wife, and the Mets all into one post. I can't believe it either.