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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Buzzfeed: 33 Reasons It Ain’t Easy Being A Mets Fan

1. Storage companies don’t even respect us.

It goes downhill from there.

By the way, where’s the URL to “33 Reasons Why Buzzfeed and Journalism Have Absolutely Nothing in Common?”

JE (Jason) Posted: February 21, 2013 at 11:50 AM | 50 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Lassus Posted: February 21, 2013 at 01:50 PM (#4373393)
Oh, don't be such a grump. Buzzfeed is fun.
   2. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 21, 2013 at 01:58 PM (#4373398)
Only 33?
   3. tfbg9 Posted: February 21, 2013 at 02:01 PM (#4373399)
#10 is weird. If Keith walked right past me on the sidewalk, sans stasche, I would not recognize him.
   4. Jim Wisinski Posted: February 21, 2013 at 02:35 PM (#4373415)
By the way, where’s the URL to “33 Reasons Why Buzzfeed and Journalism Have Absolutely Nothing in Common?”


Unlike all journalism with the exception of Megdal, Buzzfeed actually covers the current sad state of the Mets.
   5. puck Posted: February 21, 2013 at 02:47 PM (#4373421)
I like the highest paid OF and 2nd highest paid OF.
   6. A Fatty Cow That Need Two Seats Posted: February 21, 2013 at 02:51 PM (#4373426)
Most are lame and arguable (and, as always, as ridiculous as the last twenty years have been, it followed two of the more memorable World Series wins and features another World Series appearance; also, we can all laugh at Steve Phillips, but most teams would sign-up for his tenure), but I had never seen the Kaz Matsui credit card before and now I want to be buried with it.
   7. Blastin Posted: February 21, 2013 at 02:51 PM (#4373428)
Buzzfeed makes no bones about the fact that it makes silly, fun lists at a hyperactive race, several an hour even. Why some seem to think that they think they are serious journalists, I do not know.

They do publish one serious, much-longer article per week or so. And those tend to have some depth.
   8. Karl from NY Posted: February 21, 2013 at 03:23 PM (#4373445)
28. The awful black uniforms.

I know I'll forever be the lone voice in the wilderness, but I seriously liked them. Yeah, black uniforms are precisely as trendy in any given year as Nirvana, and as authentically gothic as Elvira. But they truly did look good on the Mets. This franchise sorely needed a more mature image than the garish orange and blue of its clownshoes past. We'll never be the Yankees, but the black got us to something like Steelers territory in looking sharp.
   9. Lassus Posted: February 21, 2013 at 03:39 PM (#4373456)
I know I'll forever be the lone voice in the wilderness, but I seriously liked them.

I still have my black nylon-mesh-mylar or whatever cap. Some Mets freak at MLB.com found that really impressive because it was only made for one year or something.

Count me in as liking the black uniforms.
   10. Randy Jones Posted: February 21, 2013 at 03:42 PM (#4373458)
I'm not a Mets fan but I always thought their black uniforms were nice also.
   11. Lassus Posted: February 21, 2013 at 03:49 PM (#4373465)
Only 33?

I missed this. At least we're not the ones pretending Mark Ellis is the second coming. Does Mark Ellis have his own credit card? I DIDN'T THINK SO.
   12. JE (Jason) Posted: February 21, 2013 at 04:07 PM (#4373495)
Why some seem to think that they think they are serious journalists, I do not know.

Grump (and Mets fan) here: I'm not sure Ben Smith would agree with that assessment.
   13. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: February 21, 2013 at 04:11 PM (#4373502)

I agree, I thought the black uniforms were kind of cool, and certainly not the offense that some thought they were. But I'm not a baseball purist.

While it often sucks being a Mets fan, I think the whole premise of the list is false. In my experience, Mets fans are typically irrationally optimistic heading into every season.
   14. Bob Tufts Posted: February 21, 2013 at 04:16 PM (#4373508)
Even though I will never be considered a Mets fan, I have to admit that attending a game at CitiField is a far superior experience than going to that concrete mausoleum in the Bronx. Additionally, their television and radio broadcasts are far superior to the Yankees.

Besides, all the weird things that happen far more regularly during Mets games make them more entertaining and enjoyable.
   15. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: February 21, 2013 at 04:38 PM (#4373536)
I like the silly buzzfeed lists. The problem is when Smith writes longer articles in an attempt to be a journalist. They're terrible. Just stick with what you do best.
   16. JJ1986 Posted: February 21, 2013 at 04:45 PM (#4373545)
Most of the list is crappy, but I like this one:

15. The second highest-paid outfielder is Bobby Bonilla.
   17. Walt Davis Posted: February 21, 2013 at 05:26 PM (#4373574)
An abridged version of the full list of 666 reasons I assume.
   18. billyshears Posted: February 21, 2013 at 06:24 PM (#4373610)
I liked the black uniforms also.
   19. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: February 21, 2013 at 06:39 PM (#4373616)
Buzzfeed is a more trustworthy journalistic endeavor than Breitbart.
   20. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 21, 2013 at 06:40 PM (#4373618)
Mr. and Mrs. Met got divorced in real life.

Funny, they looked like thet were made for each other.
   21. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: February 21, 2013 at 06:44 PM (#4373621)
Only 33?

i got 99 problems, being a Met ain't one.
   22. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: February 21, 2013 at 06:52 PM (#4373630)
Buzzfeed is a more trustworthy journalistic endeavor than Breitbart.

Yuniesky Betancourt is a better baseball player than my six year old daughter.
   23. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: February 21, 2013 at 07:03 PM (#4373634)
The Mets have a solid farm system, a few promising young players, no undesirable contracts that run past this season, and even with the Wilpon's financial troubles, the team should be able to spend as mid-market team.

If the last part of the above paragraph is true, the Met situation isn't awful. It could be better but it isn't the end of the world either.
   24. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 21, 2013 at 07:07 PM (#4373635)
Mr. and Mrs. Met got divorced in real life.

Funny, they looked like thet were made for each other.


They ended up butting heads.
   25. JE (Jason) Posted: February 22, 2013 at 12:01 AM (#4373724)
Buzzfeed is a more trustworthy journalistic endeavor than Breitbart.

I see what you did there, Sam. Too bad about Soledad. (sniff)
   26. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: February 22, 2013 at 12:23 AM (#4373733)
Does this site have threads where people predict team records for the upcoming season?

Oh, and do we have a bullpen yet?
   27. JE (Jason) Posted: February 22, 2013 at 12:35 AM (#4373739)
Oy:
These jokes are funny and also evil. But they have value — they draw fans of the team away from nattering NL East concerns (no chance). And they raise important questions, like, Why do wealthy men buy toys — like a baseball team, for example — and make everyone watch as they break those toys? But unraveling the psyches of extraordinarily wealthy men is akin to asking a baby to read Infinite Jest — good luck getting the book open. It also demands cross-platform comparisons. Are there worse contemporary disaster units in sports? The Cleveland Indians' starting rotation will likely get annihilated this season. Last year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' secondary played like the Vatican City Air Force — they lived on a wing and prayer. And the Utah Jazz's backcourt is presently testing the moral boundaries of "ineffective." These are similarly middling teams with weak spots that will ultimately hamper forward progress. But these comparisons might be too mild, too encumbered by the metrics of sports. Look across the aisle, at culture. Who is as woeful as the Baxter-Nieuwenhuis-Duda triumvirate? Maybe the cast of Guys With Kids has a worse WAR. Maybe Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have no upside whatsoever. Maybe the studio forces behind A Good Day to Die Hard have an insufficient UZR. But those are the products of floundering entertainment models — a struggleface network, a broken recording industry, and an American action-movie crisis. Baseball is experiencing its biggest financial boom ever, getting fat on the blubber of exclusive-rights TV deals. But this is not that life for the Mets. Instead, they will test the limits of terrible. Because no one can stop a rich man from breaking his toy.

   28. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: February 22, 2013 at 02:10 AM (#4373756)
The only genuinely painful part of that article was the reminder that payroll is down to 65m, not including Bay's and Bonilla's salaries.

Was it on this site that someone posted a link to an article describing the four increasingly awful Planet of the Apes sequels, and compared those to recent versions of the Mets? With Apes, the studio understood that it could cut $5m from the budget and not lose any ticket sales. It could also cut $20m from the budget and lose only $5m in ticket sales. Being in the business of making money, it chose the later course. The Wilpons seem to have embarked on a similar adventure.
   29. DFA Posted: February 22, 2013 at 02:43 AM (#4373758)
Given how athletes have such a difficult time with their money, I think Bonilla was fortunate to agree to twenty five years of $1.2M payments. I know, the time value of money etc, but given the lack of self control many athletes seem to have, I think it could easily make sense for him.

Best of luck to you Mets fans btw!
   30. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: February 22, 2013 at 04:06 AM (#4373764)
@29: are athletes worse with their money than typical people with money, or is it just that young men with a lot of money don't handle it well, and the failure of athletes in this regard gets more ink?
   31. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: February 22, 2013 at 09:58 AM (#4373802)
I see what you did there, Sam. Too bad about Soledad. (sniff)


I took a quick look into that and it seems to me that the reason O'Brien is leaving CNN is exactly because she's not interested in being a Today-show like pseudo-journalist.
   32. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 22, 2013 at 10:22 AM (#4373817)
Given how athletes have such a difficult time with their money, I think Bonilla was fortunate to agree to twenty five years of $1.2M payments. I know, the time value of money etc, but given the lack of self control many athletes seem to have, I think it could easily make sense for him.

I recall reading that he wanted to take a lump sum, but his wife made him take the other deal.
   33. JE (Jason) Posted: February 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM (#4373821)
I took a quick look into that and it seems to me that the reason O'Brien is leaving CNN is exactly because she's not interested in being a Today-show like pseudo-journalist.

You're funny.
   34. zack Posted: February 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM (#4373865)
Funny, they looked like thet were made for each other.

Oh so what, now people with baseballs for heads can only date each other? Racist.
   35. zack Posted: February 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM (#4373869)
@29: are athletes worse with their money than typical people with money, or is it just that young men with a lot of money don't handle it well, and the failure of athletes in this regard gets more ink?

The only other young people with that kind of money have daddy to bail them out.
   36. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM (#4373870)
I like the Mets black uniforms too. They looked better than the Phillies' all-white Sunday uniforms with blue hats.
   37. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM (#4373896)
Buzzfeed is a more trustworthy journalistic endeavor than Breitbart.


Quite a high bar, that.
   38. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: February 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM (#4373909)
I see what you did there, Sam. Too bad about Soledad. (sniff)

Odd that you would complain about Buzzfeed's "journalism" and then make fun of Soledad O'Brien. She's 1000x more of a journalist than Erin Burnett.
   39. Karl from NY Posted: February 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM (#4374006)
@29: are athletes worse with their money than typical people with money

Yes. Sports is the one industry where tens of millions can go to a complete idiot. Any other way of making that kind of money means you had some serious knowhow in the first place.

There's also a selection bias created by selective media coverage. We hear about Lenny Dykstra or Curt Schilling going bust. We don't hear about it when somebody builds and sells a tech biz for ten million and then reinvests it into something that flops.
   40. JE (Jason) Posted: February 22, 2013 at 12:58 PM (#4374014)
She's 1000x more of a journalist than Erin Burnett.

That's not really what you want from six to nine in the morning. (Sam and I were needling each other over a Breitbart piece commenting on Soledad's upcoming departure from CNN.)
   41. just plain joe Posted: February 22, 2013 at 01:20 PM (#4374035)
Yes. Sports is the one industry where tens of millions can go to a complete idiot. Any other way of making that kind of money means you had some serious knowhow in the first place.


Countless actors and pop musicians would like to disagree with you. Heck, Vanna White makes millions of dollars per year for smiling and pointing to the letters on "Wheel of Fortune".
   42. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 22, 2013 at 01:55 PM (#4374054)
Yes. Sports is the one industry where tens of millions can go to a complete idiot. Any other way of making that kind of money means you had some serious knowhow in the first place.


Uhhhhhh, or it means your ancestors did.
   43. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: February 22, 2013 at 02:34 PM (#4374098)
(Sam and I were needling each other over a Breitbart piece commenting on Soledad's upcoming departure from CNN.)


Because you really want to go to the folks who pay Ben Shapiro's fact-checking team to see who is or is not a "journalist."
   44. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: February 22, 2013 at 03:05 PM (#4374127)
Given how athletes have such a difficult time with their money, I think Bonilla was fortunate to agree to twenty five years of $1.2M payments. I know, the time value of money etc, but given the lack of self control many athletes seem to have, I think it could easily make sense for him.

Talk about an understatement. It was a *fantastic* deal for him. I think the implied interest rate on that deal was 8% a year. Given what the market has done in the interim, and where yields are today, getting an 8% return for that length of time is pretty great (the downside being that he took Mets/Wilpon credit risk. It appears to have worked out so far, but I'm sure Bonilla was sweating a bit during the Madoff saga).

Maybe Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have no upside whatsoever.

#### that. Macklemore was awesome way before the Thrift Shop song.

Countless actors and pop musicians would like to disagree with you. Heck, Vanna White makes millions of dollars per year for smiling and pointing to the letters on "Wheel of Fortune".

Right, just look at folks like Wesley Snipes, Nick Cage, MC Hammer, etc.

Outside of the entertainment industry (including sports as part of that)--EDIT: and excluding inheritance--you generally need some business/financial acumen to make that kind of money, and so it's less likely that you'll lose it all so quickly. Still, it happens. Plenty of guys in the mortgage business went from being worth tens or hundreds of millions to being worth close to nothing because most of their wealth was tied up in companies that went under.
   45. JJ1986 Posted: February 22, 2013 at 03:09 PM (#4374132)
Who is as woeful as the Baxter-Nieuwenhuis-Duda triumvirate? Maybe the cast of Guys With Kids has a worse WAR. Maybe Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have no upside whatsoever. Maybe the studio forces behind A Good Day to Die Hard have an insufficient UZR


Writing like this really makes one appreciate the real Bill Simmons.
   46. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 22, 2013 at 03:31 PM (#4374148)
Macklemore seems like a douche but he's talented and clearly a hard worker. Infinitely better than the guy who did that "I Love College" song, to which his œuvre has been compared recently.

Also, I am ASSUMING that someone from Seattle who chose the name "Macklemore" in the year 2000 did it in honor of the legendary Mariners super-utility player, though it doesn't say anything about that in his Wikipedia entry.

As for idiots getting rich, I agree that it only happens in sports and entertainment. The problem is that people think that just because people who get rich are generally intelligent, it means they are being rewarded for their wise decisions. No, they are both intelligent and lucky. Plenty of people just as smart and judicious get nowhere.
   47. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: February 22, 2013 at 03:46 PM (#4374166)
I have no idea of who or what a "Macklemore" is or does (though I saw reference to some song a few posts back), but I prefer to think the name is an homage to an NBA I liked a lot in the early '70s, McCoy McLemore.
   48. Karl from NY Posted: February 22, 2013 at 04:04 PM (#4374177)
Countless actors and pop musicians would like to disagree with you. Heck, Vanna White makes millions of dollars per year for smiling and pointing to the letters on "Wheel of Fortune".

True. So sports is a specific example of the entertainment field in general. That's where someone can make massive money with no business or financial knowledge. It comes from performance talent leveraged by technology across millions of customers.

As for inheritance, it's the uncommon exception for them to go broke. Having inherited massive money usually means you were raised by someone who understood and taught you about it. Paris Hilton is doing fine, for example.
   49. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: February 22, 2013 at 05:19 PM (#4374250)
The only other young people with that kind of money have daddy to bail them out.
Bonilla wasn't 18 or 21 or even 25 when he agreed to that deal.
   50. JE (Jason) Posted: February 22, 2013 at 05:53 PM (#4374286)
Because you really want to go to the folks who pay Ben Shapiro's fact-checking team to see who is or is not a "journalist."

What's so objectionable in the piece, Sam? Was it the snark at the end that made you tear up? Oh, and don't forget: The guy who called Soledad's blip of a viewing audience "too ethic" works at CNN, not Breitbart.

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