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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.

Jason Fry is a Brooklyn writer whose first memories include his mom leaping up and down cheering for Rusty Staub. Check out his other writing here.

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Why We're Not Yankee Fans

(Begin disclaimer)

I know we're a huge-market team. I know we get a disproportionate share of ink. I know actual Royals fans will be horrified that I'd even dare to find common cause with them, given our vast payroll, reasonably bright prospects and appetite for whatever free agents we desire.

But I came of baseball-fan age in the late 1970s, and back then the Mets were the Royals. The Royals were constantly in the playoffs battling the Yankees to the death, and meanwhile we had GMs who sent free agents laughably below-market free-agent offers by telegram. We traded Tom Seaver. We and about 1,000 others watched Mettle the Mule. We put up with crappy starting pitchers whose hats fell off after every goddamn pitch. And in suburban Long Island, every single day after school I had to put up with an endless parade of dirt-bike-riding, rock-throwing, sniggering Muttleys, Yankee fans who found nothing more astonishing and entertaining than the idea that they shared the Earth — never mind Long Island — with actual Met fans.

So yes, I claim this column as mine despite the differences between 1978 and 2006. Because reading it this morning was a balm for old wounds inflicted at an age that ensures they'll never heal, and because I found it a rallying cry for all those, in any sport and league and era, who are proud to stand up and say, “Hell no, I ain't no Yankee fan.”

(End disclaimer)

Anyway, this is the peerless Joe Posnanski, in this morning's Kansas City Star. He's answering an email from a young Royals fan having a crisis of faith:

First, hang in there. You talk about how all your fourth-grade friends make fun of you because you are a Royals fan. Listen: Throughout history, there have been men and women like Galileo, Joan of Arc and Thomas More who were condemned and even executed for their views. And as brave as they were — you can ask your teacher about this — not one of them had the courage to admit being a Royals fan.

Yes, it is hard being a Royals fan in these troubled times. But, take comfort in this: You are doing the right thing. Yes, as you say, some of your Kansas City friends take the easy route and choose the Yankees or Red Sox or Cardinals as their favorite teams. My dear friend, you will run into these kinds of people all your life. They will cut you off on highways. They will go through the 12-items-and-under supermarket lane with enough food to feed the Three Tenors. They will push their airline seats all the way back into your pelvis on overseas flights.

You are different. You write, “I will love the Royals, no matter what.” You are worth so much more than the kid who ran out to pick up a Chicago White Sox hat last year.

Now read the rest.

9 comments to Why We're Not Yankee Fans

  • Anonymous

    any met fans in ct who have charter digital cable? want to watch the mets this season? well i have bad news for you… charter digital is not picking up the network. Thats right.. this means we get to listen to the radio and check espn for the scores on that little bar on the bottom of the screen… Thats why i started this petition. If your in the same situation im in, sign it. If not, ,then sign it anyway and support your teams and its ct fans. Like the idea? then help spread the word too. Thanks

  • Anonymous

    Nice job, Jason. Your early adolecence sounds a lot like mine (same time frame, too!).
    A tip of the (royal) blue cap to Mr. Posnanski.

  • Anonymous

    I need to show this to my 4th grader. Thanks Jason.

  • Anonymous

    Is this about why we're not Yankee fans or why we're Met fans? I heartily endorse the sentiment behind what you and Joe from K.C. and the kid in the article are peerlessly articulating (all three'a ya's), but let's not define ourselves in relation to the worst thing we could have been. I prefer to think of why we are who we are, not why we're not Satanists who pull the wings off flies and rant about the rings, baby.
    Of course there have been more uncaught flies than rings for the Satanists of late (tee fucking hee).

  • Anonymous

    I think it's grossly unfair that you denegrate Satanists by implying that they're like, you know, those other people.
    Stop the hate, Greg.

  • Anonymous

    I'm tired of always being your punching bag and being mixed in with Yankees fans. Without me you'd have no measuring stick for Steinbrenner, without me you wouldn't know the reasons for Derek Jeter's success, without me you wouldn't be able sleep as well as you do knowing where Giambi's final resting place will be. So lay off, you raging anti-satanite!!

  • Anonymous

    All apologies to Satan and His followers for dragging their own Faith and Fear through the pinstriped mud.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    You want demographics? Our readers range from 6 to 66!