The state of our union is strong.
We have faced challenges. There were those who tried to take Banner Day away from us. But we spoke. Our voices were heard and our tradition restored.
Our brand was hijacked by those who would have us wear strange colors. Today, I stand before you proud to see our colors blue and orange prominently displayed.
But challenges remain ahead.
There are still those that would charge us $63 to sit in the far reaches of the stadium to see our Mets play on Opening Day.
There are still those who will tell us that we have a major league outfield, when all evidence is to the contrary.
And there are those of our brothers and sisters who have drifted away. Those who cannot wait for another 1986, another 1969, another 2000, another 1973, or for those born too late, even another 2006.
It is our generation of Mets fan’s task, then, to reignite the fan base – a rising, thriving fan base.
It is our unfinished task to restore the basic promise that all Mets fans are born into– the idea that if you wait long enough, you can finish first, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or which players you love.
It is our unfinished task to make sure that this ownership works on behalf of the many in the uppers, and not just the few in the suites; that it encourages free expression, rewards regular customers, and opens the gates of opportunity to every child across this great fanbase of ours.
I look out in this fanbase and I see fine people like Greg Prince, who took a vision laid out by Dana Brand, and saw the Hofstra Conference become a tremendous success.
I look over and see Darren Meenan capturing the zeitgeist and bringing the fans together in ways the official organization never has.
So I say to you on this day that we will have a Fan Fest by this time next year. If the Mets will not hold a Fan Fest, then we will hold a Fans Fest.
The state of our union of Mets fans is getting stronger, and we’ve come too far to turn back now.
As long as I’m blogging, I will work with anyone in this fanbase to build on this momentum. But I intend to fight obstructed views with words, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this blog in the first place.
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