A few of the Mets players specified that playing baseball was the most enjoyable part of each game.
However, the Mets were able to add even more excitement to their games while the ball was dead. For example, while the umpires were discussing a call or a new pitcher was warming up, the Mets would yell “front, back, side to side, front, front, back, back, side to side” – the unofficial team chant – dancing to the words with each yell, moving their middle sections front on each “front,” back on each “back”, and “side” on each side. After the chant, all of the players would have humongous smiles on their faces, signaling that they were having a blast, even though they were often losing. A few of the players confided that the chant had been copied from a chant in a commercial featuring hamsters dancing in cars (which this reporter has never seen).
The good spirits of the Telluride team were especially evident after last week’s game in Ouray. Rye Livermore scored the first run of the game by stealing home after a wild pitch. A few minutes later, Cedar Palmer ripped a single into the outfield, scoring Lyons Brown from second and allowing the Mets to take a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the first. The Mets continued to play strongly for the rest of the game, with Brown, Jacob Nelson and Palmer striking out nine batters in the first four innings. Also, first baseman Everett Morton made some superb catches at first to force runners out. Unfortunately for the Mets, their superb play wasn’t enough to overcome Ouray’s power at the plate. The Pirates scored five runs in both the third and fifth innings, and eventually went on to win by a comfortable margin. When the game was over, the Mets were still all smiles. During the drive back to Telluride, they sang campfire songs and “front, back, side to side” at a continuous rate.
It was impressive that they could still be having so much fun, after a loss that ended their season. At dinner in Ridgway, the players talked about the game and other topics in such and excited manner that I began to wonder how much caffeine they had consumed during the previous 24 hours.
It reminded me of my days in Little League, when I was always excited after a game because I had had so much fun playing in the game, no matter if my team won or lost.