You know how it is, especially if you’ve got kids.
The summer calendar fills up fast. A camping trip here, travel baseball games to coach, the daughter playing soccer, a vacation to plan, and . . . oh yeah . . . work.
Life gets busy.
It’s hard to squeeze everything in and still enjoy some peace and quiet, too.
Father’s Day comes along and suddenly, for one day (and one day only), folks ask, “What do you want?”
My answer is always the same: Free Time.
Just let me sit here, you know. Catch my breath.
Well, there’s good news.
The New York Mets organization — as if recognizing my plight, and the situation of so many fans — has stepped in to make our lives that much more manageable.
We really don’t need to go to Citi Field this year.
It’s not just a huge financial savings. It gives us the greatest gift of all. Time. Free time.
I’m not calling for a boycott. If you love the game, sitting in the park is a great way to spend the day. Win or lose. I personally love being at the ballpark. So by all means, if you want to, go. Enjoy it. I know I’m planning on getting to a game with my boys this summer. But probably just one. Maybe two. No biggie, either way. I don’t expect much.
And as far as television goes, the New York Mets no longer qualify as “must see” TV. More often than not, there are better ways of spending your time. Or even better things to watch than a four-hour grind of uninspired baseball. Another sorry slog through 9 innings.
Of course, I’ll still watch. But not as often. And not nearly as often as I would if the games meant something. They don’t. Middle of June, it’s all pretty much pointless. Tejada batting leadoff. Chris Young in the 5-spot. Teagarden and Recker behind the dish.
So thank you, Fred & Sandy & Saul & the entire NY Mets family, for Clearing My Summer Calendar.
You’ve uncomplicated my life.
The franchise may be in ruins, but on the bright side . . .
-And, yeah, less joy and excitement, too.
Oh well. Can’t have everything.