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Posted on: September 12, 2008 11:45 am
Edited on: September 19, 2008 1:39 pm
I have a confession to make. I am a fan. I'm a fan of the Syracuse Orange, the New York Jets, <st1:place w:st="on">Liverpool</st1:place> and most importantly, the New York Mets. It seems like every day of the 2006 postseason I have returned to the same question - why do I subject myself to this? Why do all of us fans suffer the anxiety of tight ball games, the ever present looming fear of defeat, and the misery of an important loss day in and day out? The pains of being a fan are exacerbated by being in the postseason; defeats cannot be passed off with a shrug of the shoulders anymore. What I've come to realize is that not only is being a fan irrational, we ought to embrace that irrationality.
It also gives us perspective on the other victories we win every year. We may not take the jackpot this year. We might not even take the consolation prize. But we've taken an NL East crown. We've won the excitement of a Jose Reyes inside the park homerun. Or of David Wright's game winner off Mariano Rivera. And of Carlos Beltran completing an epic comeback with a walk off against the Cardinals. You win some, and you lose some, and this year we've won a lot.
But that doesn't change anything. Tonight we face the Cardinals in a Game Seven. And I have complete and total faith that we are going to hammer them. I have complete and total faith that we are winning tonight and every day, right through <st1:state w:st="on">New York</st1:state> and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Detroit</st1:city></st1:place>. I have complete and total faith that we will win it all. Rational? Not a chance. Do I care that it isn't? Not in the slightest – it simply means I'm a fan.
Written by Michael Ho.