Listen, on this night I’m just glad that Darryl Strawberry didn’t hold an hour special on Cablevision to announce he was going to the Dodgers in 1990 and kick Met fans in the nuts for everyone to see. Fran Healy doing that fictional interview is reason enough to be thankful.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know what I’m referring to. And by now you’ve probably read the epic response by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Let me blockquote a little of that response for you (and I’ll even do it in Gilbert’s font of choice:)
The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.
I knew Dan Gilbert was a reader of my blog. I just knew it!
Seriously, If that’s the case, then here’s hoping that James’ flight from Greenwich to Miami connects in Philadelphia, where Shane Victorino is turning on his own fans, Jayson Werth is yelling at his own fans even when they’re in the right, and of all people Brian Schneider is hitting walk-off home runs for them. Brian Schneider??!? Why oh why couldn’t James have signed with the Sixers if he was allegedly taking this “bad karma” with him.
Wait a second:
“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE NEW YORK METS WILL WIN A WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘BRIAN SCHNEIDER’ WINS ONE”
There. I feel better now. Well, as you can plainly see, I have a petty streak in me. It’s a petty streak long enough that it might preclude me from cheering Larry Jones if I knew it was his final at-bat at Citi Field. I guess it depends on my mood that night. It’s enough for me to hope that Jones plays ten more seasons just so I can hold off making that decision. I’m glad that this weekend I can safely boo him and chant “Larry” without having any of James’ karma come back to haunt me.
You can too. And while you’re there, you’ll have the chance to win special prizes as the Mets are “appreciating their fans” in the last series before the all-star break with giveaways of autographed jerseys and bobbleheads and such. A positive step forward for an organization that didn’t have a fan appreciation day last season.
And after the series, be sure to skip the Home Run Derby for something worth while: Amazin’ Monday with Greg Prince and Jon Springer at Two Boots’ Tavern in Grand Central Station on Monday the 12th, 7PM. Their guests will be Marty Noble (yeah, that Marty Noble), and Howard Megdal, who is stumping for your votes as he attempts to run for General Manager of the Mets. As it stands now, Megdal’s approval rating his higher than those of Victorino, Steve Phillips, and LeBron James combined. (I hope that’s a good thing.) So bring your Mets baseball cards to exchange for free beer, and Howard will kiss your baby on the campaign trail too. Seriously, how can you pass this up?