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Hey Mets, “True New Yorkers” are Yankee Fans


There will come a time when “The Chad News Bears” doesn’t have to smack the Mets around like what keeps happening. But it will not be this day.

Years ago, during my bouncer days, there was an annoying jerk by the name of Mick who everybody had to deal with all the time. Apparently, he’d been a big shot back in the day, and didn’t realize he was now a washed up old ex-whatever. His ego wouldn’t let him see that it wasn’t the mid-eighties anymore.

Mick had a big mouth, was a close talker, had a loud braying laugh, bugged all the girls, annoyed all the guys, and basically did everything he could to make every single night all about him. He never quite crossed the line to get himself tossed, because he wanted to swagger around like a tough guy, even though he was far from a big dude.

One night, we caught Mick stealing tips from the bartender. That was it, Mick got tossed. But it didn’t stop him from being annoying. In a matter of days, he was soon banned from all the watering holes in the neighborhood for stealing tips some more. He didn’t understand how he was caught so quickly after getting away with it in one place for so long.

Everybody in the bar industry talks to each other, if you didn’t know, we’re all friends. If you make staff in one place angry, all the other bars know about it within a few hours. Just a friendly tip for those of you who might not know that.

Yes, this will be a Yankees/Mets allegory, bear with me. You can probably see it shaping up.

Mick blamed me for his troubles. I was the bad guy because I warned my friends in other bars to watch out for him. Mick began talking trash about me all over the neighborhood. Keep in mind he’s twice my age, half my size, bereft of supporters, and addled of a sense of reality.

Come the night we both ended up in the same place for last call, and Mick was desperate to fight me. I just ignored him. He wasn’t worth it. I couldn’t look like the good guy for crushing a little old man, so I turned my back on him and enjoyed a night with my friends instead.

The Mets, lately, are running a campaign here in New York more or less saying that “True New Yorkers” are Mets fans. This is an effective point, if you are trying to get me to choke on my coffee. So, Mets, you are intent on continuing to bug me. Like Loudmouth Mick, you can’t take a hint that you’re in over your head.

True New Yorkers wear Pinstripes. Yes, Mets, one of your fifteen different jerseys have stripes on them, but everybody knows you are just emulating the Yankees. You had your day in the mid-eighties, good for you, but the Yankees were there before you and have been back again since. We don’t need tons of different jersey styles in a desperate bid for fans’ money, we have two: Home and Away. Pinstripes or Greys. Just numbers, no names. Nothing fancy, just baseball. That’s “True” New York.

Chad R. MacDonald and his News Bears

Chad R. MacDonald and his News Bears

I get it Mets, you think all you have to do is swagger around running your mouth to be a “True New Yorker.” What you miss is that True New Yorkers don’t run their mouths unless you’ve really pissed them off, and they will back up what they say. True New Yorkers don’t try to impress, they simply exist.

We don’t win them all, but we don’t whine about losing. We get knocked down, but you better be out of the room when we get up. We will put up with a lot of crap, and we’ll bust your chops a little bit if you bug us, but if you presume to tell us we need to be like you to be a “True New Yorker” well we will just have to cut off your attention.

True New Yorkers demand the best of everything. We work hard for it, we deserve it, and the last time we checked, the Mets are not the best. Great, you won the Subway Series that time last season. Who won when it counted? Fantastic, you have a couple championships. We have 25 more.

True New Yorkers have been here long enough to not have to prove that’s who they are. Just like the Yankees. Even when we lose, we’re still the best. We will not even try to engage you, Mets, that only helps you out. And you don’t deserve any more attention from us. Get out of the damn way, Mets, we’re heading to Yankee Stadium. That’s where you’ll find True New Yorkers, no matter where they’re from.

Play ball!

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  • nicole lhommedieu

    The only reason mets fans are on the “true New Yorker” kick is because of a Curtis Granderson quote. I don’t think being a true New Yorker has anything to do with what team you root for. It has to do with your loyalty and love for your chosen team. Born and raised mets fan and trust me, I’m a bleeding orange and blue true f*cking New Yorker!

  • Thomas P. Brennan

    “You had your day in the mid-eighties, good for you, but the Yankees were there before you and have been back again since.” Try to understand this. This is how Yankee fans are spoiled. It’s not what you think I’m about to say. I’m not here to say anything against 27 Championships. I’m not even here to tell you how happy Mets fans are to have those magnificent 2 (and they were). You and your fellow fans are spoiled rotten – you never had to lose them. And believe me, there was talk of the Bronx Bombers moving to (gasp!) New Jersey. But it didn’t happen to you, your family, your fellow fans. Fans were robbed of the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. They were compensated in 1962 with a team that went 40-120 in its inaugural year! But it didn’t matter. Mets fans were born out of the suffering of two rival fanbases, and they came together out of that suffering. By 1969 it didn’t matter that you were from Brooklyn and your neighbor was a Manhattanite. In Flushing, Queens the enmity between Brooklyn and Manhattan was suspended, united. And suffice to say, both fanbases hated the Yankees then, and Mets fans haven’t forgotten the old wounds of the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field. There’s a saying, you don’t know New York until you’ve lost it. Mets fans have lost more than Yankee fans can comprehend – we aren’t bandwagon fans; no one in their right mind would be a bandwagon fan of the Mets. You can be from Tokyo or Tarrytown and wear a Yankee cap and know crap about baseball. You have to be a New Yorker, or from the Metropolitan Area, to be proud of the Metropolitans. We are True New Yorkers. Weed out your own bandwagon.

  • Mario Caraballo

    Actually if you know your baseball history the Name Metropolitans has been around since the 1880′s while the Yankees came later on. The mets symbol on the cap is older than the Yankees. it belonged to the ny giants a original ny team. The metropolitans team had their own stadium but financial woes led to forming the dodgers another original NY team. The Yankees who used to be the highlanders and before that were the orioles from Baltimore. The Yankees team are an original team from Baltimore. The mets are rooted in ny. deeply. from the giants to the Dodgers. the team of the mets were in high demand from fans to have another NY team. also the name Yankees goes back to the revolutionary war mainly used from those that were from NEW England which many know is the boston area of fans. So the name isn’t from ny and its not as old as the mets and Yankees didn’t even originated from ny. So the mets are true ny team. Yes the Yankees have been more successful but as always it comes from $$$$$. SO this current teams isn’t as old as the Yankees but its root are more rooted in NY than the Yankees.