My favorite baseball team, the New York Mets, have just introduced a new team song, entitled, "Our team. Our time." It debuted at last night’s game in which the Metropolitans were absolutely drubbed by their old nemesis, the Atlanta Braves.
Put simply, the new Mets song is just plain awful (click the link above and take a listen for yourself). The "Our team. Our time" lyrics are boastful beyond belief and speak of being our boys of summer as being "…number one" and "…the real deal." True, the blue and orange do sport MLB’s best record and, true, they really have acquired some interesting and talented new players. But, boasting of being number one thirteen games into a 162 game season reminds me of what GM’s Chairman Bob Lutz did last week when he proclaimed General Motors would not only survive but, indeed, be more successful and more profitable within five years’ time than at any point in its gloried past. Yeah, sure.
Sadly, the urban strutting and boasting in the new Mets song simply doesn’t ring true and certainly isn’t backed up by the team’s performance in recent seasons (two key prerequisites in any re-positioning or image campaign). Beyond that, though, I have to raise one final question: what was wrong with the team’s original song, entitled: "Meet the Mets"? For me, that tune always conjures up all the good, the bad and the ugly of the past 40-plus seasons, and makes me want to root as hard as ever for today’s bunch of Metsies. As for "Our team. Our time", let’s wait for October before we start the celebrating.
Hat tip to Tom Powers for this idea.