But this year, many a baseball acquaintance has felt a little bit of what it's like to be a Mets Lifer. Here's a comment I received this morning from a Pittsburgh Pirate fan:
"Dude, I'm not a Mets Fan, but I may have to start taking some medication if I keep watching highlights of their bullpen."
Here's another one from an Oakland A's fan:
"I feel for you man. These games cut you to the core."
And one from a baseball fan with no real team affiliation:
"If I were a Mets fan, I'd be on suicide watch every time Aaron Heilman enters the game."
I have an inbox full of quasi-condolence cards from baseball fans who are now starting to realize what a burden it is to be a Mets Lifer.
But in the end, we don't want your pity. We just want victories.