The story of a season and rooting for underdogs

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I’m drawn to the Mets because I love to root for the underdog. It’s probably why I am a Jets fan, too. It’s why I enjoyed rooting for the Heat when they had Ron Seikaly and Sherman Douglas, but why I tuned them out (and the NBA as a whole) after Dwyane Wade got there. I mean, even in 1986, when the Mets dominated all summer, they still found themselves fighting for their lives at multiple points in the postseason, which is what ended up being some of the most memorable moments for myself and other fans. This is clearly why my favorite Mets teams are from 1999 and 2000, despite them not winning a ring.

200px-UnderdogAlso, I genuinely enjoy the story arc of each individual baseball season (and how that story fits in with the overall story of the franchise). It’s the main reason I follow sports. I also think this is why I can so easily tolerate adversity, monumental trades, action and inaction, success and failure, because it’s all part of the story. I see myself as a spectator, as a viewer and a loyal fan of the show, watching and waiting to see how it all ends.

The story of a season is always more fun and compelling when a team comes from out of nowhere to surprise everyone, than it is when a team wins and dominates like it’s expected to. In fact, I am more likely to get wrapped up in another team’s success (like the Rays in 2008) when they come out of the fringes to surprise, as well. Inversely, I’ll never understand how some Yankees fan, who barely check in on baseball from April through August, only to watch in September and October, are happy when their team wins. To me, this is like tuning in to the last five minutes of a movie and cheering the credits. At that point, I’d rather not watch at all. How can you really appreciate the accomplishment, feel camaraderie and be truly happy for the people on the field if you have no real idea about what went in to getting there?

My Yankees and football Giants friends tell me I am simply lowering my expectations and making excuses for my team’s failures. They say, if the Mets made the playoffs each of the next five years, I would quickly change my mind about being the underdog and I’d begin to see sports like they do. Maybe. Maybe not. Frankly, I’d love to have that problem and find out for myself. For now, all I know is that I love cheering for the underdog, which is probably why I am, again, so excited for baseball season…

81 comments
knight65
knight65

You want to root for the underdog??? Buy a season ticket to Fordham basketball. See how fulfilling rooting for the underdog can be.

Skunky McMonkey
Skunky McMonkey

I agree with you on Yankees fans but not on Giants fans. There are a lot of Mets/Giants fans too and we understand the HUGE difference between the NFL and MLB when it comes to salary caps and player development. 

NFL = Hard Salary Cap = Equal Playing Field = Any team with good management can succeed after a couple good drafts and savvy FA signings.  

MLB = No Salary Cap = Bigger market teams have more money (or are supposed to) = Money can sometimes buy championships (2009 Yankees' half billion off-season) and teams without money NEED to have good management to be competitive.  


So the Jets are not inherently underdogs. No NFL team is. They've sucked historically due to bad management and sometimes luck.


However, the Mets will always be underdogs while they are in the same city as the Yankees. At least they will be until a Russian billionaire buys the team from the Wilpons.


Scott Bruckenstein
Scott Bruckenstein

This post is a joke.......right

Unbelievable, it's great to stink, wonderful.

This site should just stick to news, and not post anything, just makes them look bad.

Bob Giacalone
Bob Giacalone

This post is one more of the ongoing useless posts. It's repetitive information or Cerrone's mock philosophical nonsense about being a fan. It's just awful writing, incoherent logic and a pretentiousness and reader disinterest that is getting annoying. Cerrone sees himself as a spectator, viewer and a loyal fan.  This blog is a supported by powerful advertisers and companies and he treats it like it's his personal toy to discuss things a 10 year old kid at the ballpark would talk about. 

Bob G
Bob G

This post says everything you want to know about the Mets. The guy that writes their blog keeps betting on a 1000-1 shot in the hopes of winning. We root for the perennial horse with 3 legs. I guess if the whole worlds sinks into the ground with the exception of Citi Field we have a chance to claim a Championship. That's the kind of team our blog writer wants? Sorry not me.

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

It seems Cerrone writes this post every year. Losing all the time is never fun, and no post saying 'it's great to be the underdog' is going to prove otherwise. Spin cycle at its finest.

tullydew
tullydew

Lazy blog post from a lazy writer.

JV post

Mike Dupp
Mike Dupp

Did Jeffy Wilpon give Cerrone his underdog shirt? Lol

Mike Dupp
Mike Dupp

Underdog? This is a New York market. There's no reason why we should be underdogs. Underdogs are small market teams.

buddrick
buddrick

What a ridiculous article!! 

hankypanky
hankypanky

There's a difference between rooting for an underdog and rooting for a crappy team. They are NOT the same.

Underdogs often find themselves in meaningful games against a club that has the edge in personnel. Lousy teams don't play meaningful games. They just lose, day after day after day, with a rare bright spot once in a while. Very disappointing blog.

hankypanky
hankypanky

There's a difference between rooting for the underdog and rooting for a crappy team. The are NOT the same.

Very disappointing blog.

Marky Mark
Marky Mark

Hilarious that this is a copy and paste job

John V Costello
John V Costello

I have been a fan since 62. The 69

Mets were one of the most inspiring

Sports stories of the 20 th century.

The excitement in the Big Apple

Was unbelievable.Please put Gil

Hodges in the Hall before Joan

dies.

Poop-a-doodle-doo!
Poop-a-doodle-doo!

What would you all consider a successful season this year given the current personnel?

manu george
manu george

LOL we are not underdogs to be honest. We are a NY team and fans expect the team to win every year. Unfortunately, the ownership is cheap and they don't do anything to win. That doesn't make us underdogs. That just means our ownership has a loser mentality!!

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

Does this post prove that Matt may not really be a die hard Mets fan??


Thoughts?

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

Yeah I also watch the crappiest sitcoms every year in the hopes of them winning an Emmy. Who wants to be entertained all year by Big Bang theory just to watch them win an award they always get?

tullydew
tullydew

You write the same post EVERY year.

Cerrone = lazy Wilpon cronie

eric88
eric88

BS , SPEND SOME MONEY

nwmets
nwmets

You root for the Mets because you love the team, and it's very difficult to change baseball allegiances. "I love to root for the underdog" is just an excuse to make yourself feel better about being stuck with a crappy team. If they dominate the league this year, you'll be a happy fan, even though they're NOT the "underdog."

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

We are only underdogs because we were made into underdogs by our owners. Being an underdog in New York City is not something to be proud of especially when teams in Texas, Seattle and Detroit have turned themselves into big market teams simply by spending money and in 2 cases winning. I love my Mets and will root for them always but please don't slap a cape on us and call us underdogs and insult our intelligence. The Wilpons need to spend money to increase revenue or sell their only remaining asset, simple as that. There is no such thing as an underdog in New York, go big or go home.

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

This is the narrative being pushed by mgmt. from Jeff and the underdog shirts right up to Grandy saying real nyers are mets fans. They are going to run the team on a shoestring budget then sell the fact that they're blue collar. Good luck losers

1metfan
1metfan

I am a Met and Giant fan. For me I picked the Mets and Giants  because blue was my favorite color. I was asked @ 8 years old to pick a team. That was in 1975. It had nothing to do with anything else, 8 year olds are generally not likely to intellectualize  picking their favorite team.

Bill Florian
Bill Florian

Root for the Underdog!!!! You shill.... They became second rate because the Wilponzis spend half of what they should spend! Underdog my ass.

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

Yeah 86 was a terrible team to watch. These teams are so much more entertaining

hashburry
hashburry

At least Matt changed some of the words, and the picture:


Underdogs and the Story of a SeasonFebruary 1st, 2012 6:13 pm

For some reason, I really respond to this idea of my favorite team being an underdog and having their backs against the wall. It’s what has always drawn me to being a Mets fan. It’s probably why I am a Jets fan, and why I enjoyed rooting for the Heat when they had Seikaly, Sherman, Zo and Hardaway, but why I tuned the Heat out (and the NBA as a whole) after Shaq and Wade got there. I mean, even in 1986, when the Mets dominated all summer, they still found themselves fighting for their lives at multiple points in the post season, which is what ended up being most memorable about that season for me and other fans. This is clearly why may favorite Mets teams are from 1999 and 2000.

I’ve written about this before, but I genuinely enjoy the story arc of each individual baseball season (and how that story fits in with the overall story of the franchise and specific eras). It’s the reason I follow sports. I also think this is why I can tolerate adversity, or these issues with Ownership, or monumental trades, action and inaction, because it’s all part of the story. I see myself as a spectator, as a viewer and a loyal fanof the show, watching and waiting to see how it all ends.

In either case, for me, the story of a season is always more fun and compelling when a team comes from no place to surprise than it is when a team wins and dominates like it’s expected to. In fact, I am more likely to get wrapped up in another team’s success (like the Rays in 2008) when they come out of no place to surprise, as well. Inversely, I will never understand how some Yankees fan, who barely check in on baseball from April through August, then only watch in September and October, are happy when their team wins. To each his own I guess, and I try not to judge, but, to me, that would be like tuning in to the last five minutes of a movie and cheering when Luke takes down Vadar. At that point, I’d rather not watch at all. I mean, how can you really appreciate the accomplishment and be truly happy for the people on field if you have no real idea about what went in to getting there?

My Yankees, Phillies and football Giants friends tell me I am simply lowering my expectations and making excuses for my favorite teams. They say, if the Mets made the playoffs each of the next five years, I would quickly change my mind about being the underdog and I’d begin to see sports like they do. Maybe. Maybe not. Frankly, I’d love to have that problem and find out. For now, all I know is that I love cheering for the underdog, which is probably why I am so excited for the 2012 Mets.

nwmets
nwmets

@Gland  A season in which no one dies.

Mike Dupp
Mike Dupp

This. Loser mentality doesn't equal underdog. Underdogs have the will to win with limited resources available.

manu george
manu george

@Victor Triguero  Yes, so according to his post, as soon as the Mets start winning, he'll switch alliance and join another "underdog" bandwagon :)

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

He's a Wilpon fan. He doesn't root for the laundry or the player he roots for the family. It's touching

tullydew
tullydew

No, just a Wilpon cronie

nolrog
nolrog

@tullydew I thought I had read this before.  Even with the underdog cartoon and everything. 

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

@nwmets I don't know, he claims to have given up on the Heat as soon as they got good. Maybe he will abandon the Mets if they make the postseason and move on to PadresBlog.com by Matt Cerrone

nwmets
nwmets

@bobblehead  I read a post like this (with no redeeming Mets content) and find myself wondering why you're even here?

nwmets
nwmets

@bobblehead  I've never seen a more aptly named contributor, BOBBLEHEAD!

nwmets
nwmets

@bobblehead  I guess you missed the point of my comment, eh? Not really surprising... what would you expect from someone that calls herself "bobblehead"?