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Curtis Granderson: ‘Real New Yorkers are Mets fans’

curtis-grandersonCurtis Granderson wasted no time getting New York Yankees fans to turn on him when he was formally introduced as a member of the New York Mets on Tuesday. Granderson, who belted 184 home runs during his four seasons with the Yankees, signed a four-year, $60 million deal with the Empire State’s other team last week. He seems pretty excited about it.

“A lot of people have told me real New Yorkers are Mets fans,” Granderson said during his introductory press conference, according to Hardball Talk.

That’s not going to go over well in the Bronx, and I’m sure the Yankees’ faithful will let Granderson hear about it during interleague play.

I’ll admit, I’ve been saying the same thing for years. It’s one thing to be a dedicated Yankees fan who has lived and breathed pinstripes your entire life, but we all know there are plenty of fair-weather fans who root for the Yanks because it’s the trendy thing to do. The Yankees have won 27 World Series titles. The Mets have won two, with the last one coming in 1986.

Bottom line: It’s a lot easier to be a Yankees fan than it is to be a Mets fan. If you haven’t converted to the other side of the subway after all of these years of heartache and suffering, you truly are a diehard fan. That’s likely what Granderson was referring to. We’ll see if he’s still praising Mets fans when his 30-50 team is being booed come June.

Strongest fan at Mets game struggles to open water bottle (Video)

Mets fan water bottle“Sir, I think you’ve got the wrong workout program.”

By far the best video of the weekend.

24-inch biceps and homeboy at the Mets game can’t even open a water bottle? Why don’t you do a few more curls there, Brutus.

Jerry Seinfeld rips New York Mets fans for booing during All-Star Game

Jerry-Seinfeld-Mets-Game-Lady-GagaJerry Seinfeld was not just a big New York Mets fan in “Seinfeld.” The actor/comedian loves the Mets in real life, and he was not in a joking mood after the events that took place at the All-Star Game at Citi Field on Tuesday night.

Seinfeld, who actually named his dog after a former Mets player, ripped Mets fans in an interview with WFAN (via the NY Post) on Wednesday night for booing opposing players during the Midsummer Classic.

“This is one of the lowest moments of my lifetime of Mets fandom, when the Citi Field crowd was booing (players) that they see as rivals to their Mets team,” Seinfeld said. “And I’m standing there, I was in shock. I was embarrassed. I thought it was horrible manners.

“These are the best players, in the game you love, that have come here to put on a show for you, and we’re booing them like 5-year-olds. As if there’s some sort of real animosity. The American League is not the Taliban. What are we booing Miguel Cabrera (for)? … So I was very embarrassed by that.”

We understand where Jerry is coming from, but Mets fans aren’t the first ones to boo opponents during the All-Star Game. It’s all part of the experience and I highly doubt the players are offended. You think Boston Red Sox fans were cheering New York Yankees players when the All-Star Game was at Fenway Park and vice-versa? Of course not, and those were players on their own team for the evening.

Of course, Seinfeld was impressed by the warm reception Mariano Rivera was given in his final All-Star Game.

“I felt redeemed by the reception that we gave Mariano Rivera and that brilliantly staged farewell,” he said.

Mets fans have done some incredibly stupid things over the years, but I’ll give them a pass on the booing. It was all in good fun.

Bob Costas: Mets celebrating represents ‘decline of Western civilization’ (Video)

Bob-CostasThe New York Mets scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon to come back and beat the Chicago Cubs. The game ended on a three-run walk-off home run from center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who was greeted at home plate like a conquering hero by his teammates. This did not please Bob Costas.

The win was only the Mets’ 25th of the year and they remain 13.5 games out of first place in the NL East. The Cubs are 15 games out of first place in the NL Central, so it’s not like New York had just defeated a powerhouse. That’s why Costas ripped the Mets during the US Open broadcast when recapping the game.

“The Mets with four in the bottom of the ninth to win it, 4-3, and a team 14 games under .500 celebrates as if it just won the seventh game of the World Series,” Costas said. “Another indication of the ongoing decline of western civilization.”

Let’s not get overly dramatic, Bob. Costas has been known to give a moving eulogy and entertain us by rapping Ludacris lyrics, but that comment seemed a bit much. Teams are always going to celebrate walk-off wins no matter what their division standing is, let alone a comeback that took four runs in the bottom of the ninth. I don’t think it has anything to do with western civilization.

H/T Amazin’ Avenue

New York Mets fan wipes out in stands behind Trevor Rosenthal

Mets-fan-falls-over-seatsThe New York Mets stink, once again. They are currently 12.5 games out of first place in the NL East with a record of 24-37. During Tuesday afternoon’s loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, one Mets fan just couldn’t take it anymore.

As you can see from the Vine video above that JoeSportsFan.com’s Matt Sebek passed along, cameras caught an unbelievable moment on Tuesday when a Mets fan fell over the row of seats in front of him like he had just been shot. What happened was he had his foot on the chair in front of his when it unfolded, causing him to completely lose his balance. Hopefully the unlucky fan was OK, because I can’t stop laughing.

I’m pretty sure Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal was just checking the runner at first, but the timing was perfect. If you want to think he was peering over his shoulder at the big fella who just took a tumble, we certain don’t blame you.

H/T Jimmy Traina

Mets fan Marylou Belles takes a shot at the team in her obituary

Marylou Belles of Bethel, Conn. died back on July 13. According to her obituary which we read on the Daily Courier-Observer’s website, she battled cancer for 27 years before passing away on Friday the 13th — which was described as a “perfect day” for it since she was a big Stephen King fan. Belles’ obituary also said that she “gave cancer the finger,” but that wasn’t nearly the most enjoyable part for sports fans like us. Whoever wrote it really hit a home run with what they said about the Mets.

She was also a lifelong NY Mets fan though surprisingly, that wasn’t what killed her.”

Zing. Taking a shot at your favorite team on the way to the Pearly Gates isn’t unheard of, as we saw with this Twins fan and again with this Broncos fan who apparently despised Peyton Manning. What is truly embarrassing is that this isn’t even the first time a Mets fan’s obituary has mentioned their frustrations with the team. Obituaries usually take up very little space in the newspaper, and the fact that fans have felt the need to rag on the Mets on more than one occasion within that limited space truly says a lot. Bravo, Belles family.

H/T Hardball Talk via JimRomenesko.com

Mets fan who ran onto field to celebrate no-hitter spent two days in jail, missed son’s 1st birthday party, got lifetime ban

Amid the celebration of Johan Santana’s no-hitter at Citi Field on Friday was one unusual sight: a dude in jean shorts and a Gary Carter jersey was jumping on the edge of the pile, celebrating with the team.

It turns out that fan was 32-year-old Rafael Diaz, and he paid a hefty price for his memorable actions. Diaz spent two days (38 hours) in jail on trespassing charges, missed his son’s first birthday party on Saturday, and received a lifetime ban from Citi Field.

“I couldn’t help myself,” Diaz said. “I just wanted to be on the mound celebrating the no-hitter.”

Diaz wouldn’t answer if it was worthwhile, so we’ll answer that for him: Yes. Absolutely yes. Diaz couldn’t say yes and risk upsetting his wife after he missed his kid’s birthday party, but he has a wonderful story to tell for the rest of his life.

Oh, and just how exactly do the Mets enforce this lifetime ban? Do they have retina scanners on every fan that walks through the gates? I just don’t see how that’s possible.

H/T The 700 Level via Hot Clicks