A Mets Message for My Dad
Last night was an incredible night for me, with the New York Mets sweeping the Chicago Cubs in the 2015 National League Championship Series and finding their way to their first World Series since the “Subway Series” against the New York Yankees in 2000. Although I could think of so many true-blue Met fans to thank and to give praise to, I had to give thanks for my Mets fandom and this Mets moment to one man: my father, Big Norm. He passed away in November 2013 and I could imagine what he would be thinking about this. So, last night on my Facebook page, I wrote this for him. And after posting it, I felt as if this would be a perfect piece for a column.
Big Norm, this is for you.
I’m a die-hard Mets fan because of you.
When 2006 took place and we both shared that same heartbreak, I only dreamed we’d both be smiling when the New York Mets made it back to the playoffs and we’d see it together.
You took me to Citi Field in its inaugural season, similar to when your Dad took you to Shea Stadium in its inaugural season in 1964.
You introduced me to Bob Murphy and his incredible calls on WFAN. I took that and now revere Howie Rose in the same light on WOR.
The way you told me about Seaver and Koosman are the same way I feel now about Harvey and deGrom.
Whenever I do the deGnome videos, I do it out of sheer ridiculousness for the fandom we both share with the Blue and Orange Brigade.
When I went to the NLCS Game 1, I wore your Mets hoodie so I would have you there with me in spirit.
This run to the World Series is so personal to me because of you. I ignore every troll, frontrunner, and fairweather fan to hold this personal.
Dad, I wish you were here. The New York Mets in 2015 are one step closer to immortality.
LET’S GO METS! ALL HAIL THE DEGNOME!!! #LGM
Now, we wait for the World Series. I know Dad will be watching from the best seat in the house. Let’s Go Mets Go! Ya Gotta Believe!
What an exciting time to be a Mets fan, huh?