As the Mets take on the Kansas City Royals, Mets fans turned out in full force, in a steady sea of orange and blue, to support their beloved team at the “New York City United – Hometown Rally for the Mets” held in front of Queens Borough Hall.
At the rally, the crowd erupted in a number of chants, from “Beat K.C.” to “4 More Wins” and “Daniel Murphy for MVP.” Borough President Melinda Katz suffered the loss of her voice, but still managed to express her joy in being the borough president at this celebratory time, stating “we bring the World Series back to the world’s borough of Queens."
The last time the Mets won the World Series, Katz was a college student at the University of Massachusetts. She shared a story of running with joy from the school's parking lot to her apartment during game six in 1986 after Bill Buckner committed a late-game error that ultimately led the Mets to victory.
“I’m thrilled to be in New York this time when the Mets win the World Series,” Katz said.
Public Advocate Letitia James took it further, calling on all those in the crowd who witnessed the 1969 World Series Championship and then some.
“You may not believe in Santa Claus, you may not believe in the Tooth Fairy, you may not believe in the Easter bunny, but you’ve got to believe in the Mets,” James said.
Former Mets players John Franco and Edgardo Alfonzo joined Katz and James onstage, and they promised that unlike the 2000 Mets, this year’s team would have different results.
“The only good thing about Kansas City is their ribs,” Franco said to the crowd’s delight.
Mitchell Modell, CEO of Modell’s Sporting Goods, announced that 10 percent of every purchase of women’s Mets merchandise will go towards the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, along with a $25,000 donation from the company.
For families, such as father-and-son duo Robert and RJ Aponte, the rally served as an unforgettable family bonding experience. Robert is raising his son and daughters to be huge Mets fans, so he brought them to Borough Hall to experience the excitement firsthand.
Isaiah Sanchez came with a group of his friends to the rally. He grew up in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, and first became a fan of the team after seeing the community aspect of the sport.
“I liked the experience at my first Mets game, it’s such a nice and diverse fan base, I love it,” Sanchez said. “I like our chances because our pitching is good, but our hitting’s good too with David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Daniel Murphy."
Victorio Matias, who proudly sang “Meet the Mets” along with a rambunctious crowd, is a lifelong fan of the team. This year alone, he attended about 20 home games during the regular season and was present during game three of the National League Division Series, when the Mets thrashed the Los Angeles Dodgers, 13-7.
From what he’s seen so far, he offered some sound advice to the team, who will be playing games three, four and five at Citi Field this weekend.
“As long as we minimize our mistakes on defense we should be good,” Matias said. “We need to make sure that we try to score first. We can’t allow the Royals hitters to rush us to throw our pitches, plus we have to watch them on the bases.”