I recently received an e-mail from one of my friends, a fellow Mets fan, titled, “Can The Mets Do Anything Right?”.
A fair question considering the Mets had epic collapses the last two seasons and have not won a World Series title since the year Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s secret vault on that award-winning TV special, “The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault”. That year was 1986 by the way, and Rivera managed to unearth a bottle of moonshine in that illustrious special.
My friend posed this question, after possibly acquiring the need to consume some moonshine himself, upon finding out the Mets have placed their championship pennants in an obscure location. No, they haven’t placed them in Al Capone’s vault, although maybe just as many people would see them there than in the spot they have placed the banners. Where are they? Under a bridge, by the bullpen entrance of their new stadium, Citi Field.
Granted, the Mets history will never be confused with the Yankees.
But, they do have two World Series championships and four National League championships to celebrate. So why not celebrate those championships by displaying their pennants like most teams do, around the field of play, like by the outfield wall area for example, for all of the fans in attendance and watching on TV to see?!
Al Capone once said, “This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.” Unfortunately, the Mets haven’t made the most of the opportunity to celebrate the few championships they have.
Maybe, if more fans speak up, they will take each of those banners by both hands, hang them up where people can actually see them, and make the most of a great opportunity. Or they might simply say what Geraldo Rivera once said, “As far as I’m concerned, the case is closed.”