Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Baseball's Last Day (for 2010)

Mets fans know disappointment. And in fitting Mets fashion, the last game of 2010 ended in a loss after 14 innings. To the Nationals. The last place team in our division. I can't say that I was surprised, but I admit I had a small inkling of hope that was dashed with that final out.

Following another terrible season, Mets ownership decided it was time for a change, and they released manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya. At a press conference COO Jeff Wilpon said,
"We failed. Today, we let our GM and manager go. We are all responsible here. Ownership is responsible. Our general manager and manager are responsible."
Sitting next to his father, the team's CEO, the pair acknowledged that things were broken, and expressed a hope for fixing the team, and the relationship with the fans, who have also started to show signs of losing faith—attendance has taken a severe dip in the last year at the new ballpark in Queens.

On that last day, the ballpark was far from full. There was no surging crowd from the 7 train. And few jubilant faces. The atmosphere was heavy with sense of exhaustion. But the few who came still held their heads high and wore their team colors. A few months ago, I asked why—I examined baseball fans and disappointment, asking why sorely disappointed fans hang in there. It's a responsibility, I argued. And I hold to that feeling. And it seems I'm not alone. In all shapes and sizes, in all ages, they turned out to bid baseball goodbye. Here's a look at the final scenes of the Mets 2010 season.

For more photos, visit the Anthropology in Practice Facebook page.

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