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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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The Mets Fan's Perennial Checklist

Starting at 1:10 PM, you have a job to do and you have a job to do and you have a job to do and I have a job to do. Our Commandments remain perennial, but it’s good to post a reminder every once in a while.

Opening Day is one of those onces.

Happy New Year, fellow Mets fans.

Let’s go get ’em.

Focus On The Mets.

Pay Attention.

Pace Yourself.

Be Loyal.

Hate The Yankees.

Dislike Your Opponents.

Choose A Second Team With Care.

Respect The Other Team’s Best.

Acknowledge Ex-Mets.

Don’t Boo Your Own.

Conceive Trades Realistically.

Record Judiciously.

Know Your History.

Absorb Details.

Keep Your Years Straight.

Believe In A Place Called Hope.

Go On The Road.

Bet Sparingly.

Collect Stuff.

Display Stuff.

Wear Stuff.

If You’re Wearing, You Should Be Watching.

Keep Up.

Sweat The Small Stuff.

Don’t Root For Injuries.

Abide By Karma.

Understand Luck.

Welcome Sincere Newcomers.

Manage Your Quirks.

Find The Game.

Carry A Walkman.

Read The Papers.

Acknowledge Your Sources.

Know The Score.

Prospect Lightly.

Moneyball Isn’t Everything.

Think Before You Think.

Curb Your Enthusiasm.

No Poormouthing.

No Apologies Necessary.

No Being Glad The Season’s Ending.

Shea Is Readily Reachable.

High-Five The Good Things.

Faith And Fear In Flushing: Read It, Recommend It, Retain It.

3 comments to The Mets Fan's Perennial Checklist

  • Anonymous

    Great list. I'm feeling really good about this season.

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of acknowledging ex-Mets, did anyone catch big Mike's opening day debut? First AB homerun–that makes what, 398? Apparently Piazza has some clean-up hitter left in him. I do wish he had hit 400 at Shea though… in other ex-Met sightings, Marlon Anderson sure can pitch hit. To no avail though, things finally went our way this opening day. Yes. Hopefully Wednesday Beltran will shake that '05 specter that was hovering over him today.
    Oh and remember how last year it was virtually impossible to get more than 4 games over .500? I took to calling it the glass ceiling. Well, we finished the season at the glass ceiling, and with today's win, we're technicially above it…here's to hoping it's shattered for good.

  • Anonymous

    .500? Hell, we're at a thousand! And if we win Wednesday, we'll be at two-thou…
    Uh, never mind.