As a Mets fan, I was thrilled when Johan Santana threw the very first no-hitter in franchise history last Friday, after a mere 8,020 games played by the team. It seemed an opportune time to speak for all of us who root for the Amazin's. Since a sense of humor is pretty much a requirement for being a Mets fan, here's a list of pros and cons for becoming a fan of New York's "other team":
|The Mets did not end up being the last team standing without a no-hitter. Sadly, that award goes to the Padres.
||Since the Padres are four years younger than the Mets, we might still end up being the team that went the longest before getting their first no-hitter.
|The Mets have the best mascot in baseball.
||I've got nothing. I mean, come on...it's Mr. Met.
|The Mets have an awesome theme song, which has been around in some version since 1961.("Meet the Mets")
||From 2007-2011, the Mets have the lowest winning percentage of any team in the majors who regularly uses a theme song written before 1963.
|The Mets have the home run apple (see pic above), which is raised every time a Met hits a home run at Citi Field.
||Until this year, Citi Field was so huge that we didn't see the home run apple all that often.
|David Wright/Johan Santana
||Jason Bay/Fred Wilpon
|The Mets are the only expansion team to win more than one World Series.
||We play just across town from some other team that claims to have won 27 World Series.
|Celebrity Mets fans include Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and a myriad of others.
||Celebrity fans also include Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. That one hurts.
All kidding aside, I think the Mets are one of the most fun-loving teams in baseball; they genuinely enjoy playing the game and supporting each other along the way, through thick and thin.
What team do you root for? And why?
Growing up in New England as a Red Sox fan, Fenway Park quickly became one of those places that I had to see when I was a kid. When I was 10 years old I got that chance and I can still remember the feeling of seeing the ballpark for the first time because I still get it every time I go back. On television, Fenway seems huge with the "Green Monster" overlooking the entire stadium. Then when you walk in you realize that the park is small, intimate, and a great place to watch a game.
Today is Fenway's 100th birthday and for a century now it has been America's greatest ballpark. It is on almost any sports fan's bucket list of "places to visit before you die" and with good reason. No ballpark has ever been open for 100 years, no ballpark still standing has seen as much history, and no ballpark is as connected and important to a sports franchise and its fans.
It's crazy to think just five days before Fenway opened the Titanic sunk in the Atlantic Ocean, and it's crazy to think of everything that has happened since 1912. There have been 18 presidents, two world wars, the invention of the television, and something named "Snooki" became a pop-culture star.
Needless to say, people in 1912 never thought that Fenway would still be standing in 2012, but it is and by the looks of things it isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
No team went through as many changes as the Miami Marlins did this past offseason, and their fans have taken notice. Changes included getting a new name (the Florida Marlins became the Miami Marlins), hiring outspoken manager Ozzie Guillen, moving into a brand-new 37,000-seat stadium (that features an over-the-top structure in center field, see left) and signing prized free agents Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle.
If those moves alone didn't add to excitement among baseball fans, the team has become a sleeper pick to win the National League East Division and possibly the World Series. The team's first test will be the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals on opening night, April 4. The game has created a buzz around the city and has caused Miami Marlins tickets for this game to have a higher average on TicketNetwork.com than any other opening day game this week.
Spring is right around the corner and with the temperature warming up, so will the sports, concert and theater events in March. This month features plenty of great holidays including St. Patrick's Day, If Pets Had Thumbs Day and International Fanny Pack Day. Whatever you're into, there are plenty of great things going on in March. Check out an overview below.
Bruce Springsteen: "The Boss" is back and about to embark on yet another tour with the E Street Band. The tour begins on March 18 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA.
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Straight No Chaser: The a cappella group that was originally created on the campus of Indiana University before becoming a YouTube sensation will head out on a North American tour starting March 6 in Winnipeg.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Having sold over 70 million albums during their storied career, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have fans worldwide. Those fans will have a chance to see RHCP in person when they start their tour March 29 in Tampa, FL.
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Last week we gave you a guide to the Grapefruit League in Florida; now we turn our attention west, to the Cactus League in Arizona. The remaining 15 teams from Major League Baseball call Arizona home for Spring Training: eight from the National League and seven from the American League. Two teams from the Cactus League, Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners, have already begun reporting to camp, apparently trying to get a jump on the rest of the league. The remaining teams are set to open camp on February 19, which is the voluntary report date for pitchers and catchers.
What to Look For
Pujols Changes Uniforms – First baseman Albert Pujols surprised the baseball world (especially in St. Louis) this offseason when he left the Cardinals and headed to L.A. to play for the Angels. I guess when someone gives you a $254 million contract, you don't mind leaving the team you just won a World Series with.
Theo Tries to Break Another Curse – In 2004, Theo Epstein helped the Boston Red Sox break an 86-year curse to win the World Series. In 2012, he joins the Chicago Cubs as their new President of Baseball Operations and will have a lot of work to do if he wants to break the 103-year curse that every Cubs fan has suffered through. Good luck with that.
Rangers Welcome Yu Darvish – The Texas Rangers fell just short of winning the World Series last year and are hoping their latest addition to the pitching staff will help. Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish joins the club and should provide a lot of fanfare surrounding Rangers Spring Training similar to the welcome that Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka received in 2007 when he came over from Japan.