Ok, folks. It's crunch time and as a Mets Lifer you need to be prepared for what lies ahead these last few games of the season.
I've put together a list of necessary items that I've found that can help you survive the rest of this Mets season. Here they are:
1. A blank wall: I have a nice wall just to the right of my TV. It doesn't have a lot of pictures on it. It's just a nice blank wall. You'll need a wall like this so when you see the Mets make 5 errors in a game or Willie Randolph brings in Guillermo Mota, you can just get up off your couch, approach the wall and bang your head against it until you feel better (or lose conscientiousness, whichever comes first).
2. Rolaids: If you prefer Tums or Maalox, those will work too. I get a lot of agida in these close pennant races and sometimes it's necessary to pop a dozen or so tablets in to help reduce the pressure.
3. A 2003 Mets yearbook: If you're feeling depressed this is great to have around. Just flip through the pages and remember the likes of Tsuyoshi Shinjo, Raul Gonzalez, Pat Strange and others to make you appreciate the team we have now.
4. Picture in picture: There are some points during a Mets game when you just need to look away, sort of. Picture in picture can greatly help with anxiety attacks during the 5th or 6th inning. Just change the channel to something else and leave the Mets game up in the picture in picture window. This way you won't feel like you're being subjected to torture by watching the game, but just kind of watching it out of the corner of your eye.
5. Belief: Don't give up hope yet. There's baseball yet to be played and nothing has been decided yet. This team has had ups and downs all year. It's just unfortunate that it had to happen the last week of the season. Ya gotta believe these Mets will turn it around. It's the last thing we have to hold onto.