For those of you who know me, I am a diehard Mets fan. As tragic as it may seem, it’s how I was raised. I grew up watching “The Amazins” (if we can even still seriously call them that) with my dad. My dad is a Mets fan, so I am a Mets fan. Simple as that. Consequently, my sister Rebecca is, or maybe now I should say WAS, a Mets fan too.
Let’s get down to the meat of it. One of Rebecca’s friends, whose name I will omit so that people don’t get mad at him for trying to sway my sister’s fandom to the dark side, is a Yankees fan. For over a year now, my sister has been spewing facts about the Yankees, what time they play, and I have even walked into her room to find her watching the games. DEPLORABLE.
So when Rebecca told me that her friend bought tickets for the two of them to see the Yankees play the Braves on July 4, I felt ill. A sweet gesture I suppose, but knowing that my sister was going to walk into enemy territory and likely root for the Yankees to win and enjoy watching the game BROKE MY HEART. To make matters worse, Rebecca told me that her friend got her a child’s jersey to wear to the game. Going to a game is one thing, but donning pinstripes is where I draw the line. It is probably a sin. It was disturbing to hear. How could she do this to me? To our family? To the Mets? Is nothing sacred? Not to mention, she didn’t even tell my dad about the jersey in fear of her being disowned. It was not until she sent a picture of a dog sitting behind her at the stadium that my father saw her pinstriped sleeve. He was taken aback.
Rebecca probably assumed she could pull a fast one on us, as we were partaking in Fourth of July festivities, but we have a keen eye for TRAITORS in our household.
It will likely take a long time for me to get used to the idea of Rebecca being a full-fledged Yankees fan, and quite frankly, I may never get there. But her happiness is most important, and it certainly is easier to root for a winning team than it is to rep the blue and orange and deal with the constant disappointment that the Mets organization brings year in and year out.
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