The New York Mets have been a popular punching bag among the baseball community but if you’re a Mets fan, you really have to withstand a lot of disappointment. Whether that’s from constantly losing, to seeing the Yankees win title after title, to people making fun of the team, it takes a very dedicated fan to stick with the Mets.
Misery and disappointment can be channeled in many ways. Some people may channel that into anger while others get creative. The Strokes’ lead singer Julian Casablancas channeled his lifelong fandom of the Mets to write a song on their new album.
Titled “Ode to the Mets,” it’s explained in a YouTube listening party with the band that Casablancas wrote the song while waiting for the subway after a particular Mets playoff loss. Drummer Fabrizio Moretti went further and said it’s “something that you set your heart to and you love unconditionally, but continues to disappoint you.” Many people can use that to apply to many other things in their life but that sure sounds like the Mets.
Julian Casablancas of the Strokes talks about how he wrote the song, Ode to the Mets, while waiting for the subway after a loss.
"They should play it after every loss."
(Sorry, had to chop up the clip a bit to make it fit on Twitter.) pic.twitter.com/zvGu2ZJPi9
— Michael Clair (@michaelsclair) April 13, 2020
Listen to the single yourself and get a feel of the pain and disappointment of being a Mets fan. The single is the final song on The Strokes’ new album titled “The New Abnormal” which sounds like a pretty fitting name these days.
Many creative people can put in their best work during bad times. And seeing your lifelong team lose once again seems like as good a time as any to turn that into a song. I’d like to say Casablancas won’t be inspired by any more Mets disappointment but let’s not kid ourselves.