I made the decision that Thom MUST go to the World Series if the Mets, by some miracle, beat the Goat-cursed Cubs. It wasn’t a hard decision. A lifelong survivor of so many losing seasons, this would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Okay, twice in a lifetime, since he went to the World Series the last time the Mets made it–way back in 1986 when tickets were $30. DAMN, he’s old! My daughter Hannah, who is also married to a huge Mets fan, had the very same idea and called me to collaborate on what could be the best father-in-law/son-in-law road trip of all times. THEY’RE GOING TO NYC TO THE WORLD SERIES!
Miracle of all miracles, the 7 Line company that sells Mets gear sponsored a lottery for true fans (and customers) but only had 589 tickets for each of the three games at CitField. After they sent out 25,000 fan codes to access the site, it was all up to luck and good bandwith to “win” the opportunity to buy max of 2 of these $250 tickets. SCORE! My son-in-law got through and so on Saturday, October 31st, Thom and Mike will spend Halloween cheering on their Mets to victory in NYC.
Personally, I can’t wait for it all to be over. The stress is so overwhelming at times that Thom’s face is bright red and he can hardly function. I have my fingers poised to dial 911 at all times during games just in case of a stress-induced medical emergency. We had to wrap an ice wrap around his neck to cool him down at one point during an especially close game. Pathetic–over a silly ball game! He is constantly texting his NYC friends during games, sharing the excitement and pain as the players cause anxiety galore among all.
On Thursday night, when the Mets were set to sweep the Cubs in game 4 of the NLCS, when Thom would normally be glued to the television, we were instead sitting at Century Link Field cheering on the FIFA WC USA women’s team playing Brazil, tickets purchased when the thought of the Mets playing in post-season was just a dream. Earbuds in, I warned Thom not to shout out random profanity as he listened to the game moving closer to it’s conclusion. AT LAST, the smile lite up his face like a small child experiencing their first Christmas morning. Flights now booked, they will arrive in time to watch the game with loyal fans on Friday night at legendary Mets sports bar, McFadden’s with hundreds of other fanatics and go to the game on Saturday. Send good karma to the Mets and pray that Thom makes it through the series with his blood pressure intact. GO METS!