"Chicago is the cleanest city in the world right now . . .BECAUSE IT JUST GOT SWEPT!" shouts champagne-soaked comedian Jim Breuer on a Facebook video he released Wednesday night, when the Mets beat the Chicago Cubs to win the National League pennant and head to the World Series.
Breuer, a lifelong Mets fan who grew up in Valley Stream, has documented the team's road to victory by posting these videos after every game, capturing the true spirit of the fans. The idea came from his wife, Dee.
"She said, 'You should be videotaping yourself after each Met game because you're a lunatic with this team. Plus, you speak from a real fan's point of view,' "" says Breuer, 48. "The videos are not staged, and it comes from the heart. People connect with that."
The Mets have always been a big part of Breuer's life growing up on Long Island.
"Our whole block was filled with Met fans and my entire family loves the Mets," he says. "It was almost like it was against the law if you rooted for anybody else."
When he was a teenager, the 1986 Mets won the World Series -- a landmark event in his childhood.
"Those players were blue-collar underdogs filled with faith, loyalty, hard work and camaraderie. They brought us hope," says Breuer, who even named his dog Mookie after outfielder Mookie Wilson. "When they won, I remember my mother running into the street banging on pots and pans. It was a victory that united us all."
Although he's a celebrity stand-up comic and "Saturday Night Live" alum, Breuer is not interested in watching games from a luxury box but rather prefers sitting in the stands with the fans.
"I want to be in the crowd screaming and yelling. I can't stand going to the game with a bunch of duds around me," says Breuer, who will perform at The Paramount in Huntington on Feb. 13. "Games are about passion. If you want to just sit there, go watch a sunset. I don't get it."
Breuer was spotted at the home games during the playoffs where he absorbed the energy of the crowd and rallied along with them.
"The crowd was standing up and never stopped chanting, 'Let's go, Mets!' It was exciting to see that energy and love again in the stadium," says Breuer. "The fans are on fire right now and I think this team has embraced just how hard core they are."
Despite not knowing at the time who their opponent will be, Breuer sees the Mets taking the World Series in six games.
"I think their confidence is soaring high. These pitchers know they can beat anybody because they faced the top aces in baseball," says Breuer. "When you have that under your belt, who do you fear?"