More than any other sport, baseball lends itself to individual blog obsession. Whether it's the glut of statistics, the constant opportunities for second-guessing or just the fact that you have something to write about every day, every Major League Baseball team has several blogs obsessed with chronicling the ins-and-outs of everything. Deadspin salutes these modem-addled souls and proudly presents Blogdom's Best, given to the most outstanding blog for each team. If you would like to nominate a blog (yours even) for selection, just let us know at email@example.com. Today: The New York Mets.
It's not easy being a Mets fan, though fans of the Cubs, Astros and White Sox might point at those two World Series titles in 43 years and beg to differ. But imagine life as the Mets. Imagine it like a business, actually. This business has underperformed for eight consecutive quarters, despite the continuous infusion of capital to boost operation. There is a rival corporation across town that has done so much better than this one for so long that the organization is nothing more than a city-wide punch line. It s possible that a quarter of the existing employees have a drug problem. If you want to hop in and clear house, you can t; the fat and happy employees have long-term contracts and can t be fired, and you can t pawn them off on another company because no one wants them. You have a vicious and competitive local media that will scrutinize your every move and will turn every detail of your life into front page news. Oh, and your offices are outdated, decrepit and located right next to the airport.
This is life as a Mets fan. But perhaps not surprisingly, the Mets have some of the best blogs around. Take the "7" Train is another of MVN's excellent blogs, penned more than competently by Shari Forst and Kevin Collazo. Matthew Cerrone's MetsBlog is funny and even has a great "fan confidence rating" chart, which is something only a Mets fan could come up with. But our award goes to Faith And Fear In Flushing, a frequently updated, literary, smart, sad and hopeful daily look at the Amazin's by fans Greg and Jason. If you want to know what life as a Mets fan is like — and hey, who doesn't? — it's your first, and maybe even only, stop.
(Tomorrow: The Detroit Tigers)