Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) has been a regular at Citi Field playoff games this October, and there he was again before Game 2 of the NLCS Sunday, braving the frigid winds while wearing a Mets jacket and a smile.
"It's phenomenal," he said of the season thus far.
King said that now that he has "matured a bit in life, I don't hate the Yankees anymore." But his loyalties are clear, given that he grew up in Sunnyside, Queens.
The 71-year-old congressman said he was a "fanatical Brooklyn Dodgers fan, and made the transition [to the Mets]. But that five years from '57 to '62 [without a National League team in New York] was hell."
King has been around the Mets during spring training and also for their visits to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. He has come to appreciate the team as people as well as players, coaches and managers.
That includes injured shortstop Ruben Tejada, which made him even angrier than he otherwise would have been about the play on which the Dodgers' Chase Utley broke Tejada's leg with a slide at second base during the NLDS.
"I was mad, yeah," said King, who shared that anger on social media. "Also at times like these, you have to stay with your guys."
King said David Wright and coach Bob Geren have talked politics with him. "Bob Geren said, 'Whenever I meet you, you want to talk baseball and I want to talk politics,' "' King said.
On Sunday night, it was all about baseball, with politics far from anyone's focus.
"This is great; I love it," King said. "I love the Mets."