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Faith and Fear in Flushing made its debut on Feb. 16, 2005, the brainchild of two longtime friends and lifelong Met fans.

Greg Prince discovered the Mets when he was 6, during the magical summer of 1969. He is a Long Island-based writer, editor and communications consultant. Contact him here.

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I Regret Nothing

I wish you could've been inside my head last Saturday afternoon. For the first four innings before I left the house, I made so many in-game deals with the gods and censored so many between-pitches thoughts that you would've assumed I was carrying the fate of the free world in my consciousness. Or that the doctor called — the news was not good, and I said, “Get me to a New York Hospital.”

It wasn't either of those things. It was just the Cardinals. I wanted the Mets to beat them. But I was afraid, genuinely fearful, that if I rooted too hard for this pitch to land here or that ball to go there, I'd be asking for too much. I wanted the Mets to win on Saturday, but I also wanted them to win on Sunday. Thus, I didn't want to be ostentatious in my victory desires on Saturday.

There was nobody around. I had no pipeline to the ghost of Kenesaw Mountain Landis. None of the umps owed me a solid. It wasn't like I could do anything about anything. It appeared that no matter what I was thinking, the Mets were on their own.

My thoughts don't have much practical impact in general let alone on baseball. For example, I'll sometimes think, “I shouldn't eat that.” But then I do. “I should really get to work on that thing.” But then I don't. I can barely control myself, so I know it is folly to believe I can control a baseball game going on in another area code. But that doesn't stop me from trying.

I tell you all of this so you understand that I understand the way things work. That you don't disturb baseball karma. That you go through a sequence, a batter, a series, a season, a lifetime very, very carefully if you want or don't want certain things to occur on a diamond that you are not on or necessarily near.

Think I'm kidding? I once sat in my living room during a playoff game against the Braves telling my wife in extremely grave tones that Chipper Jones was a splendid humanitarian because I knew saying anything remotely unkind about him would just piss him off and result in a rain of extra bases. That Chipper and I were separated by seven states and the District of Columbia at the time was completely irrelevant.

And he didn't get a hit.

So I know what I'm doing even if the results don't always reflect that. Last weekend, the Mets won neither Saturday nor Sunday. It had nothing to do with what I was thinking early Saturday. It would be illogical to believe that. No, the Mets came up empty because I failed to include Grudzielanek and Mabry in my spiteful scouting report Friday. There was a shortfall of preparedness on my part, and I apologize for it.

When it comes to baseball and the aspects therein that we hold most dear — the Mets winning and the Yankees losing — I absolutely acknowledge that there are consequences to my thoughts, my actions and yes, my blogging. I am aware of them. I take them seriously. And as long as I know in my heart of hearts that I do the right thing or, just as importantly, don't do the wrong thing, I sleep fine.

In other words, pull the tarp off and plug that sucker in. This weekend, I'm prepared.

NEW YORK YANKEE COLLAPSE-O-METER

BIG PICTURE EDITION

YEAR GAMES PLAYED RECORD FINAL RECORD

476* 41 40-1 FELL

1965 41 17-24 77-85

1982 41 21-20 79-83

2005 41 21-20 ??-???

*Roman Empire, but close enough

Remember: Not long ago, the Reds were unbeatable…by us, no less.

Remember, too: You gotta play this game with fear and arrogance. Fear and arrogance.

May the Force be with us.

4 comments to I Regret Nothing

  • Anonymous

    Earlier in the season- game #6, actually- for about the second time ever, my frustration grew so deep toward the (0-5) Mets, I carried this process to the general point of no return. I began rooting very hard for the Braves against the Mets, out loud to all who would listen, saying things like, “Come on, Andeeeee! You're the best! I love you! What a great smile! Don't worry, Andy- that's how I'd spell it, too!”. Then he absolutely scorched the ball and I carried myself away and started cheering very loudly, “Go baby! Yeeaaahhh!! Run, Aaaaandy, ruuuuuun!!!!!! Yeaaaaaahhhh!” as he legged it into a triple. It didn't take long before I stopped doing all that (though it was actually sharply cathartic), and by the time Beltran came up in the eighth I was back to (quietly) rooting for the Mets…

  • Anonymous

    I had your back where the hideously evil John Mabry was concerned. I made sure it was recorded on this blog, in time to prevent any wrongdoing. And still he did his nefarious deeds.
    You cannot control the forces of evil. Don't beat yourself up about it. But how we both failed to mention Mark Unpronounceable, Unspellable Name is beyond me… we have cursed him regularly for many years, but somehow he slipped under the radar this time. Never again.

  • Anonymous

    (mumbling) Fear and ignorance, got it Crash. (/mumbling)

  • Anonymous

    No. Fear and arrogance, you hayseed, not ignorance!