Today, in his MetsBlog, Matthew Cerrone said:
There have been roughly a dozen phone calls in to WFAN this morning, most likely from Yankees fans, goofing on the Mets for having such an elaborate post-game celebration in honor of their division championship last night.
Isn’t that for the Mets to decide?
I mean, if the Yankees are bored with winning, so much so that they no longer know how to have fun, how exactly does that impact how the Mets and their fans choose to celebrate.
And it shouldn’t.
Why were these so-called Yankees fans watching the Mets anyways?
Pinstripes, mind your business – and if you want to watch the Mets so bad, you’ll hopefully get plenty of opportunities at the end of October.
O.K., I have to confess – when I saw the images of the Mets “celebration” upon clinching, my first thoughts were:
1. Man, having seen it now twice (2004 and 2006) there’s nothing more fruity looking than Pedro Martinez floating, flapping and prancing around ball field during a clinch-celebration, is there?
2. Do the Mets realize that they did not just win the World Series? Sure, a division crown is awesome. But, sort of along the lines of “excessive end zone dancing” and “acting like you’ve been there before,” winning the division is something that many teams do – but, it’s not like you just won it all.
But, thinking about it more, I realize that it’s been 18 years since the Mets finished in first place. That’s huge. And, most of the players on the Mets (like Pedro, Beltran, Green, Delgado, LoDuca, Wagner, Glavine, Floyd, etc.) were brought over as hired-gun types with the intent to get into the playoffs. So, to them, achieving this goal in such a short period of time (after the Mets purchased them) is a big deal. And, of course, you also have young guys on the Mets like Wright and Reyes who have no idea how to act in such a situation – other than to jump around like Little Leaguers. So, the total reaction of the Mets (here) makes perfect sense.
When I think of it this way, I can’t find fault in the way that the Mets chose to celebrate finishing in first. It’s just their way of doing things. And, to each, their own, and all that jazz.
I look forward to seeing how the Mets do in the post-season now that they’ve made it. It should be fun. Maybe not as much fun as the Mets players had last night – but, then again, maybe that’s another reason why it’s good that they got that in while they could?