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posted by David Kuo

v., hat·ed, hat·ing, hates.

1. a) To feel hostility or animosity toward.
b) To detest.

I hate the New York Mets.
I do. I feel hostility towards them. I feel animosity towards them. I detest them. I hate them.
They are in the midst of the greatest collapse in baseball history. Three weeks ago they were seven games ahead of any other team. Today they are losing 7-1 in the second inning of a game which, unless they win, will cement that greatest collapse because they will miss the playoffs. I hate the New York Mets.
I have followed them with varying intensity since childhood. And since childhood – save for a single year, 1986 – sorry Red Sox fans – they have disappointed me. You name the year, I can name the disappointment.
How bad has it gotten? It has gotten so bad that a Red Sox fan emailed me this week suggesting I root for the Red Sox. The Red Sox! A team so notorious for its failures that movies have been made about them.
Now I realize that I am not being rational. I realize that, at some part of my soul, I don’t hate them but love them and am just deeply disappointed by them and that is leading me to these intense feelings of hate. I’ve thought about that in the past.
However, perhaps I have been wrong all of these years and I really do hate them. I can’t write anymore, I need to go watch the rest of the game. Maybe they’ll win. Wouldn’t that be great?

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Elvis Elvisberg

posted September 30, 2007 at 3:40 pm

In 2001, I was kind of irritated with my New England Patriots for beating Doug Flutie’s Chargers sometime around week 6. The Pats had their backup in for the seriously injured Drew Bledsoe, so I figured they had no chance of doing anything. And I didn’t want them messing up what might be Flutie’s last chance.
Brady’s Pats won the Super Bowl that year, the second-biggest upset in Super Bowl history.
So, the lesson I learned was, “always keep the faith.”
Today’s situation is different, obviously– you’re not rooting against your team, and it’s the end of the season in a must-win situation.
Oh, man, the Phils just came up with a big double play.
I dunno. Hang in there. It’s easy enough as a Pats and Sox (and BC) fan, after what’s gone on the last few years.

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posted September 30, 2007 at 3:55 pm

Try being a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. You get to combine the hopelessness of an annual (losing) playoff drive with the odium and hatred of an entire country. In Soviet Canada, the Leafs hate YOU.

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posted September 30, 2007 at 3:56 pm

You’re trapped in an abusive relationship with your baseball time like I was with mine. In 2005, though, I learned they can change, David. They really can change. It just takes about 38 years of prayer, forbearance and understanding.
I think the rest of us should be jumping on the Cub’s bandwagon. Not because they’re underdogs, but because Cubs fans are as sanctimonious as abbots.

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posted September 30, 2007 at 3:58 pm

Heck, my team is so pathetic – can’t even muster up any hatret toward them. Just pure pity. Every spring we hope the Royals will somehow overcome the immense odds and every once in while – for a bit – they do. Things are not the same since Buck O’Neil died – now there is a baseball saint.

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Larry Parker

posted September 30, 2007 at 9:26 pm

As a New Jerseyan, I’m “supposed” to be a Yankees fan. (In fact, my late grandmother, a fanatic Yanks’ fan, considered Derek Jeter her secret grandson.)
But during the ’80s, when I was growing up, the Yankees stunk and the Mets had one of their rare renaissances (including, of course, that famous/infamous Bill Buckner ’86 World Series). So I’ve been a Mets’ fan, through their heartbreaks ever since — particularly since the Yanks went into their “Evil Empire” phase in the mid-’90s.
As for this one … I’m in a little bit of dissociation already to ease the emotional blow. Yeah, Glavine (of all people you think you would be clutch) wrecked today’s game, but what really cost the Mets was a worn-out bullpen — caused in turn by older starters (like Glavine and Pedro, even if they are two sure first-ballot HOFers, and El Duque) — as well as an older team in general that stopped hitting at the worst possible time.
Plus, the Phillies were “en fuego” at the end, too, let us not forget. (If the Mets had won even one game of that nightmarish Phillie sweep, they’d still be in it to win it.)
On the practical side, the Mets could stand to take a lesson from the Yankees rallying into the playoffs — get younger next year.
Or maybe this is just the baseball gods’ karma from the 1964 Phillies, and the Mets will benefit in turn — in 2050.

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posted September 30, 2007 at 11:06 pm

I do feel bad for you…mainly because I have spent the past 6 months rooting against the Mets…we Phillies fans have also disappointment year after year (probably including this one)…but right now, tonight we’re doing pretty well…and we needed this one because the Eagles certainly aren’t doing it for us this year

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posted September 30, 2007 at 11:47 pm

This going to sound like sacrilege, but it is a game where very rich players make tons of mullah hitting a small ball about. The team itself is like any other, a collection of people doing what they do to try and make more money and win their games. Why hate or love the team or more specifically the label “Mets”? Because over the years you have developed a strong attachment to that label. Are the Mets of today the same as 5 years ago, 10 years ago. Every part of the team has changed over time, and all that has remained constant is the label and the city they play in.

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posted September 30, 2007 at 11:56 pm

I am sorry I don’t feel bad for you. I am a Miami Dolphins fan, also I am a Florida Gator fan (WHY Lord WHY Auburn?!?) I truly HATE Auburn. Unfortunately I am currently in Atlanta, and this morning at church, the pastor said how great Sunday morning services are when all the local teams win (U. Georgia, Georgia Tech & AUBURN!!!!) I had to listen to it at Church, WHY WHY WHY!!!!!!

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posted October 1, 2007 at 3:23 pm

David: The Mets do stink now, but in addition to 1986, I remember 1969. The 1969 Mets were baseball. (Obviously, I am a bit older than you are)

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