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Obituary of the Day

Jul 27, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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I love obituaries in which the deceased — or whoever wrote it for them — refuse to go gentle into that goodnight.  This one, of a Marylou Belles of Bethel, Connecticut, fits the bill completely. Right down to the baseball part:

She was also a lifelong New York Mets fan though, surprisingly, that wasn’t what killed her.

Continue giving the middle finger to the afterlife, Ms. Belles.

  1. Jeremy T - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Here’s a question: Is it more frustrating (recently at least) to be a Mets fan than, say, a Royals fan? The Mets have had more success, but they’ve also had so many heartbreaks that I would question whether it’s worth it. However, I’m a biased spoiled Yankees fan, so I don’t have the best perspective to look at it myself.

    • redguy12588 - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      Heartbreaks are worse than continual sucking. As a Pirates fan, I have ample experience in both.

      Also, Yankees fans don’t have souls.

      • Jeremy T - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        A condition I have to fight every day to overcome

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Gee, a Yankees fan jumping in on a conversation that has nothing to do with the Yankees.

      Now *that’s* unexpected and refreshing!

      • Jeremy T - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        How about now, can I respond now?

      • Jeremy T - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        Oh good, my previous 3 responses were lost in the ether but it appears to be working now. I tried to post this response earlier; hopefully this preface doesn’t change the tone of the comment as a whole.


        Right, because I’m not allowed to like the sport in general? It was a simple, honest question that wasn’t supposed to make the conversation about the Yankees. Thanks for your cliched knee-jerk reaction, though, it really added a lot to the conversation.

  2. cur68 - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Just change that from “was also a lifelong New York Mets fan though” to “he was also a lifelong Toronto Beaver Men fan” and I’d be happy to have it on my marker, too. I don’t intend to have a grave, though. Think I’ll leave some money to a pilot to drop my carcass on a mountain top somewhere: a funeral of the sky for me.

    • number42is1 - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      I’m planning on having my ashes dropped over Wrigley as the the Cubs celebrate a WS win. yea… i plan on living to 250

      • Ralph - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        You may need to live longer than that…

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        Nah, you can die anytime, just make sure they keep the ashes fresh and stored for the day the Cubs win their WS… of course if I were you I’d invest in high end cryogenics to preserve the ashes for a couple of centuries.

      • cur68 - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:59 PM

        There has to be a warehouse somewhere with ashes being kept for just this purpose, I imagine. Hang in there Cubs fans. The odds are increasingly in your favour every year that passes.

    • IdahoMariner - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      I am totally stealing this for my obituary. I won’t have a headstone, either, but I fully expect that, at this rate, whenever I kick, this will be a totally appropriate thing to put in my obit. The Mariners, god love ’em, break my heart every year.

  3. bigleagues - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    This story brings to mind another legendary Met’s fan . . . the great Doris from Rego Park!

    Kathy Bauer said that she had received more sympathy cards than she had time to open.

    ”We knew Doris had a following, but we never realized the magnitude,” she said. ”It’s a crime she had no idea this many people loved her.”

    • Glenn - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      Thanks for bringing up Doris from Rego Park. Any sports fan and insomniac within earshot of WFAN appreciated her.

  4. uwsptke - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    It’s all based on perspective, I guess. As a Packers fan, I can relish in the fact that my team has 13 world titles, and I was fortunate enough to see two of them in my lifetime. I have nothing to complain about there.

    But as a Brewers fan, there’s really nothing to celebrate. Just a World Series appearance when I was two years old. Yeah, the Cubs have stunk for a very long time. But at least they don’t lose their elite homegrown talent after 6 years, and can acquire top-flight talent in free agency rather than giving the farm for rental pieces that will inevitably leave as quickly as they came. That’s real heartbreak. Other small market teams (KC, Pittsburgh, Cincy) can at least point to past periods of dominance and world championships. In Wisconsin, we treat the ’82 Brewers like they were the ’27 Yankees.

  5. Walk - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    “A condition I have to fight every day to overcome”- jeremyt

    Yeah doesn’t seem to be working. Just kidding jt.

    • Jeremy T - Jul 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      Aw, shucks. You got any tips? Also, can I borrow your soul detector? I’m swinging by the Jersey shore this weekend, and I’d like to test a theory.

  6. muir6 - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Keep responding riveting

  7. keithbangedyermom - Jul 27, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Being a Mets fan is tough enough, but I certainly don’t think we have it as bad as some other fan bases. I always think of Cubs fans whenever I starting getting frustrated with the Amazins. At least I have seen a World Series for my team. I doubt the Cubs are winning one anytime soon. Even when they have great teams, they don’t get far in the playoffs.

    • Jeremy T - Jul 27, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      Yeah, the Cubs (especially for fans who have had to deal with it for a long time) are probably the most difficult team to be a fan of. Nobody else (outside of maybe the 1919-2003 Red Sox) has had as many near-misses combined with long stretches of terrible baseball teams. Still, though, they somehow manage to have consistently high attendance numbers. I don’t know whether I should admire fans that have stuck with them this long or have them committed to a psych ward.

      • ptfu - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:27 PM

        Well, it’s hard to argue against the 104-years-and-counting rebuilding plan.

        That said, I nominate the Padres as runner-up for Toughest Team to Root For.

        The Cubs may battle their own history of lovable losers, epic collapses, and distracting neighborhood. Well, the Padres battle apathy. Most people barely know we exist, and none of them care. After all, we’re as far as you can get from the center-of-attention AL East. Heck, even our sworn enemies, the Dodgers, all of 120 miles away, can’t be bothered with us–their hatred is only for SF. How lame is that?

        We’ve had many long years scuffling along in or near the division basement, and when we do rarely emerge into the playoffs we invariably get flattened. Rarely any epic drama, just ant meets steamroller.

        As for the Padres’ claims to infamy: never won a World Series (that’s 0 for 44 including this year). Only two NL pennants–and proceeded to win only 1 game vs the excellent ’84 Tigers (who opened 1984 by going 35-5), and swept by the juggernaut ’98 Yankees, one of the best teams of all time. Fate was against us even when we were actually good. At least the Marlins had the decency to win two Series before their fire sales–we’ve always skipped the party and gone straight to the flea market.

        Also, the Padres are the only team to have never thrown a no-hitter. Us and the Marlins are the only two teams which have never had anyone hit for the cycle–but we’ve been trying for a lot longer than Miami. We fail as individuals too!

        Yes, at the moment there’s hope for the future, but we’ve heard that story before. For a fourth/fifth place team without many big contracts, we sure have precious few open spots in the lineup…

        Oh, and Matt Holliday STILL hasn’t touched the plate. Naturally, this wouldn’t have even happened, if the son of our best player ever hadn’t beaten our otherwise bulletproof closer the day before. That Fate, she is a cruel one.

        You’d have to be some sort of nutjob to root for a team like THAT…

  8. kvschnitz - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Nice Dylan Thomas reference.

  9. rockethead - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    hey, that’s my mother-in-law! thanks Craig, that’s a nice bit if recognition for a tough lady. she certainly fought harder than the Mets did in July.

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