Why are you a Mets fan?
That’s the question the New York Mets’ official Twitter handle posed to the online public Monday afternoon, asking fans to reply by hashtagging #ImAMetsFanBecause.
“We are #Mets fans but how we became a fan differs. Share who made you a fan w/#ImAMetsFanBecause & you could win tix,” the @Mets Twitter account tweeted.
Sure, it wasn’t the most elegant turn of phrase, but the hashtag campaign seemed like a feel-good way to celebrate one of New York’s most embattled sports franchises -- especially with the lure of free tickets.
Some fans embraced the hashtag, pointing to the Mets’ 1986 World Series win:
Or adorable family ties:
But then Twitter’s snarky user base and the Mets’ tortured, surly fan base began to intersect. The result was a quickly hijacked hashtag that highlighted the shortcomings of the poor, poor Mets.
#ImAMetsFanBecause Who among us wouldn't root for a bad team halfheartedly funded by a morally and financially bankrupt ownership?— Greg Orlando (@OrthelandoftheG) September 23, 2014
#ImAMetsFanBecause I hate myself & expect a better team every year & every year I'm wrong. :')— Will Landman (@WillTheLandMan) September 23, 2014
#ImAMetsFanBecause My shrink recommended it. He said “you think YOU have problems?”— David Daniels (@dvdaniels) September 23, 2014
#ImAMetsFanBecause There's always next year.— Brendan Carey (@brendanjcarey) September 22, 2014
#imametsfanbecause My parents decided it was better for me to know how to cope with heartbreak early on.— Catherine Tacopina (@CatherineTac) September 22, 2014
#ImAMetsFanBecause I wasn't loved enough as a child.— Helen S. (@HESilf) September 22, 2014
Perhaps it's because Mets fans haven't gotten over collapsing and giving away the 2007 National League East title to the Philadelphia Phillies. Or because they lost the division again -- and this time watched their rivals to the south win the World Series.
It could be that they're not over losing the 2000 World Series to their crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees. The Yankees, by the way, have won five World Series titles since that last glorious 1986 title for the Mets.
Whatever the reason, Mets fans showed that laughing at yourself really can be the best medicine.