As the 2015 Mets clinched the division title, their first in nine years, a drought similar to the one I experienced as a young boy, I can't help but look back and wonder, "Why did I become a Mets fan?"
Let me try to explain why what you said was not an innocuous sound byte, but rather an offensive statement. First, I do not have a lifestyle. I didn't choose my sexuality the same way you didn't choose yours. Second, being gay is not what defines me.
It recently occurred to me that people's relationships with their sports teams last longer than any other. I have been a Yankees fan for nearly half a century, an amount of time that exceeds associations with barbers, restaurants, schools and even marriage.
After Mets pitcher Frank Francisco called the Yankees "chickens" on Friday, I was expecting a combative atmosphere at Citi Field on Saturday night. It was a perfect evening for baseball -- cool and cloudless -- and the mood in the stands was absolutely electric.