So as my profile says, my ex-boyfriend is a die hard Mets fan. And even though we've been broken up for several years, we still occasionally talk baseball. Year after year, he laments the misfortunes of his team. And earlier this year he posted the "Which baseball team were you born to root for??" application to his Facebook page.
True to form, his result came up as the New York Mets and this is the little blurb that went with it: "You're meant to be a tried-and-true member of the Shea (er, "Citi Field") Faithful! Your love for the orange and blue is unwavering, even in the inevitable heartbreak they will provide for you at the end. Your memories of 1969 and 1986 are fond - even if you weren't alive you can probably name most of the players on both rosters. You're from one of the most knowledgeable fan bases in the sport. Ya Gotta Believe!!"
Now obviously some of that doesn't speak to the Minnesota Twins. But the part about unwavering love and the "inevitable heartbreak they will provide" definitely fits. Especially with the roller coaster of a season that they (and we) have had this year. Injuries that regularly served blows to morale, comeback victories that placed us on the brink and gave us hope and, now, seemingly inevitable crushing defeat at the hands of MLB's version of Goliath. It's an ulcer waiting to happen.
Before Game One of this Twins-Yankees series, I found myself in plenty of heated debates with some die hard Yankee fans who insisted on spouting off their we-are-the-undisputed-best-team-in-baseball crap. Even though they had a million and one reasons to give for why my Twins were destined to lose, I still believed that they could pull it off.
And when they were spanked in that first game, I remained unflappable in my belief that they could still win Game 2. Even after last night's excruciating loss (after which one of those aforementioned tactless Yankee fans taunted me with, "Awwww. Go wipe Mauer's tears! Be sure to kiss Yankee ass on the way!") I will remain faithful and support them through every potentially heartbreaking play that's to come in Game 3.
Thus, in light of what's happened this past week, I think it would be hard for us Twins fans not to feel a special kinship with all the Mets fans out there. Yes, yes. I know that their team has a payroll on par with that team we love to hate. But like us, they have a knack for rooting for one that no one expects to win. Or one that falls just short of brilliance that is worthy of jubilant celebration.
It's crazy what they do to us. But what else can you do but keep hoping and willing them with every fiber of your being to pull off that big upset?
Well, true to form, that is exactly what I'll be doing tomorrow...