Four out of five wins. Four out of five wins. Going into tonight in third place. Pitching is outstanding. Hitting commencing. Is this reality or fiction? Should Mets fans adhere to the words of their dearly departed, Tug McGraw, and believe?
Of course they should! Believing is what makes Mets fans so great. Believing is a part of our history.
Mets fans are always talking about their history, meanwhile they are ignoring the most crucial part: Believing. Does it makes them hypocritical for getting on the Wilpons? Possibly.
From Tug to the original Sign Man, believing is synonymous with Mets fandom. Do you think it was easy for the Mets fans in the 1960s to believe? What? Because the Mets had no expectations it did not matter? Of course it matters. It always matters. What about the Mets fans of the 1970s, which I consider to be the worst decade in Mets history if for no other reason than for trading away their franchise? Tom Seaver was gone. It could not have been easy to believe in an organization that made such a stupid move. But they did!
Have Mets fans been burned over the years? Yes. Without a doubt. But what fan base hasn’t? Do you think it is easy being a Chicago Cubs fan? It has been over 100 years since they won a championship. They are the biggest joke in the major leagues, yet they have the most loyal fan base.
Look at the Boston Red Sox fans. They were having their stadium exorcised to bring a championship back to Boston.
The Phillies waited over 90 years for their first championship and nearly 30 years for their second. At least Mets fans can say they won two withing a 30 year period.
There is a difference between Cubbies and Sox fans versus those of the Phillies. It is a little something called “fan loyalty”. The fans always come back to support their team. Phillies fans never really cared about their team. Not even after the first. When an arena football team brings in more fans, you have something to worry about. They only cared after the second because their precious Eagles have not given them anything to be proud of.
Sox and Cubbies fans never stop believing in their teams. Why should Mets fans? Why should a fan base, who pride themselves on a phrase coined by one of the most beloved Mets of all time in “Ya Gotta Believe“, stop believing?
To stop believing is to no longer be a Mets fan. Ya gotta believe. Never say die.
The “Ya Gotta Believe” cry helped to catapult those 1973 Mets into the playoffs when it looked like they should have just rolled over and played dead. They won the division after being 13 games out in August.
Remember this: The Mets are known for “Ya Gotta Believe“. It is part of their history. I think it is about time Mets fandom embraced that part of their history and started believing in this team.