The pros and cons of being a Mets fan

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Liz and the Home Run Apple

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":

Pros Cons
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?

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