By: Paul DiSclafani
So the co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, Todd Ricketts, thinks Mets fans are obnoxious, eh?
This morning, at the 2016 Cubs Convention, Ricketts had this to say as he addressed the fans of a team that hasn’t won a World Series since 1908,
“I don’t know if you know this, but Mets fans are really, really obnoxious.”
Of course, he had nothing but kind words to say about the fans of their two main rivals in the NL Central, the Cardinals and the Pirates, but when it came to the team that swept his Cubbies in the National League Championship Series, neither he nor his wife enjoyed their experience in Queens.
“She really, really hates the Mets.”
Well, isn’t that special?
Is it really breaking news that people outside of New York think we’re obnoxious? Hello, we’re New Yorker’s – that’s our job! Wasn’t anyone watching the Republican debate this week when Ted Cruz said all those nasty things about us?
Don’t take this the wrong way, Mr. Ricketts, but I thought we were on our best behavior against the Cubs. The Mets and Cubs were once fierce rivals, way before your family bought 95% of that franchise. In case you didn’t know, your franchise committed one of the greatest chokes in the history of the game in 1969. And we won another pennant on your field in 1973.
Do we really have to talk about your fan base? You may not realize it, but the Cub fans and the Mets fans are very much alike. Most visiting players talk about what it is like to be on the field before games in both Chicago and New York and how they enjoy the harmless needling that goes on.
There are fan bases in many other cities that are physically intimidating to visiting fans – like Los Angeles, where they are killing people in the parking lots. Or how about Philadelphia – is there any worse place for a visiting player than in Philadelphia? Yet you chose to call us obnoxious?
Listen very closely, Mr. Ricketts. Mets fans have been through a lot of ups and downs in a very short period of time. We also have to deal with Yankee fans every minute of every day. But at least we have had success in our lifetime. What’s the percentage of Cubs fans that have witnessed a World Series Champion that are still alive? Almost five generations have passed since that day.
When your 97-win team showed up in Flushing for the NLCS, there was plenty of bravado that they were not able to back up. Are you sure this lashing out isn’t just jealousy?
We know a thing or two about being the “Little Brother” in this town with the shadow of the Evil Empire always looming over us. It sounds to me like you are whining about the fact that your team just got beat.
You know there is a reason why Chicago is called “The Second City”, because they like to THINK they are better than New York, but in the end, well, they just aren’t.
So go ahead, make your little snide remarks about our fan base and say what you want. You can’t change history and you can’t make that sweep go away, Mr. Ricketts. The fact remains that the Mets are the National League Champions and the Cubs aren’t. And we won the damn thing on your field, in front of your faithful fans.
And one other thing, if you mess with the bull, you get the horns. See you and your family in June, Mr. Ricketts, if you’re man enough to make the trip. Maybe we can show you what being obnoxious is all about…