Saturday, October 5, 2013

Closing Time: The End of Midwestern Met

By electing to undergo Tommy John surgery, Matt Harvey will be disappearing for some time. Tonight, it pains me to write I will be doing the same.

I started Midwestern Met just before the 2011 New York Mets season, towards the end of my freshman year at Hope College. For three full seasons I have recapped every Mets game, trying to keep fans afloat with a unique and somewhat humorous approach to the team's Amazin' escapades. Through these years, I have gotten the chance to write about the departures of Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes, the arrivals of Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, the miracle season of R.A. Dickey, No-Han, and lots and lots of Piefaces. It has been a special three years rooting for the boys, and getting to write about them nearly 500 times has affirmed that I will bleed orange and blue for the rest of my days.

Unfortunately, the demands associated with being a college senior have severely limited any sort of time I have to write about my team. Thus, tonight I announce that Midwestern Met is ceasing operation. This will be my final post.

I want to thank everyone who has ever read this Midwestern boy's take on the big city ball club. In particular, special thanks goes out to Matt Musico, former editor of Rising Apple who brought me aboard last May, the entire staff of RA, and my wonderful father, who passed the Mets on to me as his father passed them on to him. It's been fun, guys.

One of my favorite quotes came from the late Jim Croce: "If you dig it, do it. If you really dig it, do it twice." I did it twice. And almost 500 more times after. Perhaps I'll find the time to do it again someday. Until then, Let's Go Mets, Ya Gotta Believe, East Side, West Side, Bring the Kiddies, Bring Your Wife, Put It In The Books. We're outta here.