I remember watching a documentary about the 1980 Olympic Hockey team, and at the very end you heard the Iranian hostages who were freed after the Olympics talking about watching Team USA stun the Russians and then win gold against Finland and being incredibly moved about what had happened while they were being held hostage.

Ilan Grapel had a similar experience, being held under arrest in Egypt during pretty much the entire 2011 baseball season. The guy he used to intern for tried to give him the same type of experience that the Iranian hostages felt, if only for a couple of minutes:

Grapel, expected to fly home to Queens today from Israel, was celebrating his release at a press conference in Tel Aviv, flanked by his mother Irene and Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens), when he was pranked.

He said it would be hard to express his deep appreciation to everyone who helped free him.

“There’s so many people to thank,” he said, “and after being cut off for the past five months …”

Ackerman quickly interjected, “We told him the Mets won the World Series.”

Tremendous. The poor guy’s already a Mets fan, and not only is he a Mets fan but he’s a Mets fan who was in a prison for five months. And another Mets fan thought it would be appropriate to walk him on a red carpet only to pull it out from under him. All the poor guy needs.

“The Mets won the series!”


“Nah, they suck. And Ike Davis is out for five years.”


And this guy’s his friend!




About metstradamus

I've been a Mets fan since 1976. The 1988 NLCS still bothers me infinitely more than it should. I also write about hockey for Puck Drunk Love. I've also been referred to as "Mr. Testosterone", and "this clown". We'll always have 2015.