A parable about thankfulness

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Next time you feel the urge to complain about R.C. Buford, think of me and what I am about to tell you.

I was raised a Mets fan.  My father was a Mets fan and, growing up in Austin, I didn’t see much of reason to be a fan of anyone else. Baseball was never really my sport anyways.

Now I live in New York, and I’m still a Mets fan. I’ve heard my good friend Matt Moore say that baseball is primarily about the appreciaton of the color green, and that sounds about right to me. But I still like to watch the games, mostly because I feel like I’m part of a community and I can do something else while it’s on without really missing too much.

I also like to follow the Mets because it keeps me grounded. Being a Spurs fan could spoil a man. All things considered, the team is easy to root for: It’s well run and successful, and by and large comprised of upstanding individuals. In other words, it’s the kind of organization which would never do something like this:

Starting on July 1, 2011, Bobby Bonilla will remain on the franchise’s payroll for 25 years, collecting an annual salary of $1,193,248.20. Those are the terms the Mets agreed to Jan. 3, 2000, when they bought out the final year of Mr. Bonilla’s contract.

Bobby Bonilla, you say? That can’t be right. He’s 47-years-old. He’s been retired from Major League Baseball for nine years.

Oh, no. Trust me. We’re referring to the same Bobby Bonilla. The Bobby Bonilla I used to watch play third base when I visited my grandparents in Pittsburgh. IN THE LATE 80s.

(It’s especially twisted that my second favorite baseball team is the Pirates, who haven’t had a winning season in 17 years, the longest such streak in the history of American professional sports.)

And yet, in 2035, over 45 years after my Poppy took me to Three Rivers Stadium to see Bonilla play, the New York Mets will write him a check for just under $1.2 million and he will finally come off the books. If you think trading for Richard Jefferson was a mistake, how would you feel if you could wait a couple of years, have kids, and they still had plenty of time to graduate college before the team wrote him his last check?

Then again, when the world ends in 2012, the Mets front office is going to be looking pretty savvy.

  • SAJKinBigD

    Actually, the fact that they have to pay him ONCE is proof that even when they’re holding all the cards, the Mets _still_ can’t get it right! ;P
    GO RANGERS (of Texas)! GO CUBBIES!

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  • http://www.twitter.com/calebjsaenz Caleb

    I am also a Mets fan, but what makes my situation so sad is that I have no ties to the area. I chose to be a Mets fan for no other reason than that they won the World Series the year I was born. When people ask me why I’m a fan, I usually respond with, “well, at least they’re not the Cubs.” You’re right; being a Mets fan definitely keeps you grounded.

  • SAJKinBigD

    As does being a Rangers and Cubs fan. Oi. :)
    I do really like and appreciate the article, GG!

  • rj

    this is awsome

  • Oscar

    GOL!!

  • G-Man

    Sine were talking baseball, my favorite sport, I’m a Giants and Rays fan, though I can mix in a Yankees as well. I live for it.

  • DorieStreet

    The move for Jefferson was solid (it should have b een done after the ’08-09 season) because the Spurs finally went after a SF with a solid NBA career. I’m still stupified that as a 7-year starter in the league, he couldn’t get with the system. I guess keep him and see if the 2nd year in works, but a lot of Spurs fans said he was devisive in the locker room.

  • c/o

    Go Astros!!

  • td4life

    On the other hand, reports that the Spurs are going to resign MATT BONNER AND RICHARD JEFFERSON! Being a Spurs fan is becoming “grounding”… the Spurs are starting to look like the opposite of the Mavs, instead of trading guys at every opportunity, we show way too much loyalty and investment in the notion of chemistry.

    If we are not committed to bringing in real talent, and guys who have a real impact on defense, then just give some young guys heavy minutes and save Holt even more dough. The result is gonna be the same, early playoff exits either way. Pop and RC are blinded by past success are starting to look delusional.
    For as long as we have RJ on the roster, the Spurs window is C-L-O-S-E-D.

  • John R.

    I too am a Mets and Spurs fan! I grew up in SA but my father is from Brooklyn. He was one of those obnoxious Yankees fans that are spoiled, so I chose to follow the Mets just out of spite when I was a young’n. I now live in New Jersey but the Spurs will always be my #1 love.