It was a glorious fall day. There were lots of people out. I said hello to all of them because that's what I do. I said hello to a man, about my dad's age, pushing a stroller with a little girl, about my son's age. For all of this familiarity, I gave him an extra big smile. He gave an even bigger one back.
Man with baby: "How 'bout them Mets?"
Huh? Mets? Oh ... my shirt.
Me: "I know, right?"
But I did not know. Despite my shirt (which my sister, a die-hard Mets fan, bought me because most people in my family, and all of the people in the one I married into, love the Mets), I don't follow the Mets. At all. Last I knew, the Mets were not so good. But I'd heard that about four years ago. For all I knew, they could have won the World Series this year.
For the rest of my run, I wracked my brain for things I know about the Mets. Here was the list I came up with (on 9/16):
- In my lifetime, I have attended two Mets games. There, I drank beer and ate nachos.
- I used to live a short jog away from Shea Stadium.
- Shea Stadium no longer exists.
- Mike Piazza--with the interesting facial hair--used to be the team's catcher.
- Some supposedly attractive man named David (it took me the rest of the run to remember that his last name is Wright) still does. I think.
Things I NOW (as of 9/19) know about the Mets, David Wright and the World Series:
- David Wright indeed still plays for the Mets. Third base. (Source: Jon Olin) Want to know more about David Wright? He's from Virginia. He's a Sagittarius, like me. And... if he didn't become a professional athlete, he would have become an engineer. Jon Olin might argue the opposite is true for him.
- The Mets did not win the World Series this year. Nor do they do have a chance at winning the World Series this year when it actually happens (Source: Jon Olin)
- This year, the World Series will commence on 10/19. So that no games will be played in November. (Source: Wikipedia)
Moral of this story: Don't be a poser. But if you're going to be a poser, use it to find out when the World Series is. Because, come on, shouldn't every American be required to know this?
Question for you: Ever get called out?