By Joyce Mandelkern
The one thing I have learned in my old age is never say never. In my younger days, I uttered the never word frequently, and specifically when it came to rooting for the other team in town. I would say there is no scenario that exists in which I could imagine rooting for the Yankees. In fact, when pressed, the only thing I could come up with is if they were playing the Nazis or Al- Qaeda. Seriously, folks, I'm not kidding. Leave it to the baseball gods to make me eat my words. I apparently have to root hard for the Yankees this weekend. Okay, maybe not hard, but enough for them to beat the Phillies. I do this with a heavy heart, but I do this nonetheless.
The bottom line is I love my Mets more than I hate the Yankees. I can't believe I just wrote that sentence. Truth be told, it's probably the Yankee fans I have more of a problem with than the team itself. That's a story for another post.
My beloved Metsies need some help right now and I'm not too proud to seek help when needed, where needed. I have allowed my mind to drift to a dark place in the last 4 games and Pete figuratively slapped me back to reality and told me I make him very angry when I tell him the season is over. He also tells me that it's a good thing that the Mets don't think like I do. He's right, of course. It still May and there is a lot of baseball to be played and it's not like we haven't had 4 game losing streaks before. The highs are too high and the lows are too low. I need to try to be more even keel and go with the flow - yeah right. A little help could never hurt though, no?
There is no way around this weekend, folks, if you love the Mets, you must be a Yankee fan till the Phillies leave the Bronx. I feel your pain, but in this case, the end does justify the means.
And let's try to collectively keep the faith that the team will again turn things around. Hopefully, the baseball gods have had their laugh and will move on and have their fun at some other team's expense. Have they forgotten what they put us through the last two seasons? Are they that heartless?? One last thought - after this weekend, as far as the Yankees go, all bets are off. Back to business as usual.