The rivalry between the Mets and Yankees does not mean as much to me as it does to most other New York baseball fans.
Yes, I am a Mets fan and Yankee fan, at the same time. And I know what you are thinking.
He is not a real baseball fan; he just likes the Yankees because they are one of the best teams in baseball.
But that is not the case.
I like both the Mets and Yankees because I consider myself a fan of all New York teams, and this goes beyond just the baseball teams.
I like both the Giants and Jets; and all three NHL teams nearby, the Rangers, Devils and Islanders. All New York teams are welcome in my home.
What can I do? I feel pride when a New York team beats one from elsewhere and shows that they are the best. When the Red Sox beat the Yankees, it makes New York look bad by comparison, and that makes me look bad.
And I have the same feeling when the Phillies beat the Mets. I hate it, because I know New York is better then Philadelphia and Boston.
I am not saying that I like the two New York Major League teams evenly. I am a bigger Mets fan than Yankees fan. But I do root for them both in their games against the league's rest.
Does anybody see what I am saying? Or am I still the weirdest person in the world?
After 9/11, I would think other New Yorkers would be able to understand this feeling, and maybe even share it with me. And with the Yankees and Mets in separate leagues, isn't it even easier to split allegiances?
And yes, I understand that for Mets fans, this is hard, as Yankee fans have made fun of you since they knew how to talk. They'll tell you the Mets suck and never let you forget their 26 championships (especially 2000's Subway Series victory).
But I have learned to let it go and combine the two teams' forces to make me a proud New York fan.
Mike Kent also writes on a Wiki of the New York Mets called the Met Wiki. All and any help would be very much appreciated. If there are any questions you can write on my wall.