So my cousin -- I'll call her JD, as in Jersey Devil -- asks me a few weeks back if i was interested in seeing the Rangers / Devils game @ MSG.
Now for those who know me, I am first and foremost, a Mets fan and baseball fan, and hockey always came in second.
But there were times when the Rangers were more interesting to watch than the Mets, for many many many years. I don't want to say it questioned my love for baseball, but let's just say...many people still associate The Coop with being a big hockey fan and baseball fan secondary. Which was never the case, but people believe what they want to believe.
So I gave up on hockey for two big reasons. One was, the Rangers traded away "Mr. Lifer" Brian Leetch in 2004. That to me was inexcusable. Then they had the strike right afterwards. Never again, I said, would I give my all to two sports. It was baseball, my first love.
So I decided to cave and I get us tickets to Sunday's game. It was JD's first trip to the Garden. Since she is a partial plan holder at The Rock in Newark, she was far from impressed with the ancient MSG. Ha ha.
What we were hardly impressed with was the game. It was a big ol' snoozefest, not lots of hits, not lots of fights, heck it was a 0-0 tie till OT.
Then it happened.
Ranger (and former devil, whom I always loved) Brendan Shanahan scores the winning goal 30 seconds into OT and the place goes wild!!!!
My thought was....Oh I am sooooooo back.
Of course, JD wanted to leave and I said - honey, it's been a long time for me. I am celebrating!
Without further ado, I would like to send you over to Flushing University today for my piece on being a Mets and Ranger fan - we may share a similar color (blue shirts), but Mets and Ranger fans are a dying breed.
And, I have tickets queued up in another week to see the Rangers play the Penguins. I guess I am back.