Even though he was born and raised in Upstate New York, Daren was forced to watch Cubs games as a child because one of the two channels he had growing up was WGN out of Chicago. This can also explain his hatred of Bozo the Clown. As if the Cubs weren’t bad enough he almost became an Astros fan when his uncle came back from a trip to Houston with an 80’s era Astro jersey.  Also referred to as the “ugliest jersey ever” this didn’t seem to bother Daren as he wore it quite frequently throughout his childhood. As luck would have it a family friend introduced him to his first live baseball game in April of 1989 at Shea Stadium. The Mets actually won that day but have done little since. The Mets have exponentially added to Daren’s happiness over the years. Some of his lasting Mets memories? 


Worst: Getting crapped on by a pigeon in the Mezzanine level at Shea, losing the World Series to the Yankees in 2000, losing a bottle of Jack Daniels to Nolan when the Mets tanked against the Red Sox in interleague play, and the disaster that was the 2007 season.


Best: Tossing a 150 lb couch by myself after the World Series in 2000, Robin Ventura’s grand slam single in the ’99 NLCS, winning against the Braves in  June 2000 after being down 8-1 in the 8th inning with two outs, Mike Piazza’s homerun to beat the Braves after 9/11.


Dreams: Watching the Mets beat the Cubs in the NLCS and seeing Bozo the Clown crying in the stands, seeing a Mets pitcher actually pitch a no-hitter, and seeing the Philly Phanatic get stabbed in the abdomen with a sharp object by Mr. Met.



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