Well, it’s hard to believe by my NY Mets are back in the World Series after 15 years and in a non-Yankee, have NY all to themselves Series since 1986. It’s been a long time. Some hard times. Some forgetful times. The Mets management and ownership has been ripped to shreds for years, but this year they really stepped up big time.
It makes me really happy and excited. It’s surprising really because I haven’t been this into sports since 2006, the last time the Mets made a run. Yes, I LOVED seeing the Giants in 2007 and 2011. That was amazing and something you can’t forget. But it has always been the Mets that have been far and away my #1 love. I remember the ’86 series when I was 10. I went to SO MANY more Mets games than any other team, by a long shot. I just like baseball and the Mets. And that was gone for a long time. But now it’s back. My wife even knows…I actually have tickets to Game 3. It’s going to be unreal.
But despite my love for the team, I have a deeper experience and view of life. Since I’ve had kids in 2005, sports has been on the back burner. I don’t miss my family time for games 99% of the time (sometimes you just have to veg). I’m trying to get my kids into it, but if they want to watch a movie, that’s even better. I don’t site around all day and watch football, though sometimes it may be nice. It’s parties, and pumpkin picking, and who knows that that normally fills the weekend, and that’s ok. I know it won’t last and that they will be grown and out of the house. Sure, I hope we are strong and close and hang out forever, but you never know. Yes, God willing, I’ll be spending a lot of time with them and my many, many grandkids someday, but that’s different, too. This is the golden time of life, of being a parent. You are still mostly everything to your kids and they need you, really need you. There’s nothing like it and there never will be again. There’s nothing to replace it or trump it for me, not even my Mets making their 5th World Series and first in a long, long time.
So, I will root, get excited, read all about it, and watch ESPN videos. Man, you know it feels really damn good to see the Mets kick butt. Really good. I will go to Game 3 and be in my glory. I will think back to when I was a kid and relive my childhood just a little bit. Then it will be over and life will carry on. But, if my kids want to watch and movie or go get ice cream…guess who wins. And that’s ok. You know what, that’s even more than ok…that’s the way I would love it be.
Let’s Go Mets!