Over the course of a career that’s spanned more than two decades, Jim Breuer has been celebrated by stoners and Saturday Night Live aficionados alike, but these days, he’s come to be known for something else entirely: His longstanding love of the New York Mets.
“Yes, I’m a fan of the New York Mets,” Breuer laughs. “I started at 4 or 5 years old; there was a candy store around the corner from me, and my mom would give me 50 cents to get stuff at school, but it’d go right in my pocket. I’d go right around the corner, collect baseball cards. ‘Hank Aaron? Pfft. Pete Rose? Pfft. I got a Met! Who’s Bruce Boisclair? I don’t know, but he’s a Met!'”
Of course, these days, Breuer’s become one of the more prominent (and vocal) members of Mets Nation, thanks in no small part to his Mets and More podcast and the video recaps he posts after almost every game – and sometimes before.
“It’s kind of funny walking around, and little kids go, ‘Dad, it’s the Mets video guy!'” Breuer says. “But I love it. To me, being a Met fan is what life is about. Passion, pain, laughter, being loyal, having faith, having hope. That’s what being a Met fan is all about.”
And as you can probably guess, Breuer is pretty pumped to have the Mets back in the World Series for the first time in 15 years (Game 1 is tonight in Kansas City). So much so, in fact, that he’s decided to document the entire experience for Rolling Stone, in a video series he’s calling Jim Breuer’s Fandemonium. Whether he’s on his couch in New Jersey, sitting in the bleachers at Citi Field or riding a ferry with Keith Hernandez, Breuer will be shooting it all on his iPhone – even his mom’s 89th birthday party, which, as luck would have it, happens to fall on the same day as Game 2 – and you’ll be able to catch new episodes the morning after each World Series game on RollingStone.com.
But be warned: If the Mets win, it’s going to get emotional.
“I’m going to say the Mets win in six,” Breuer says. “I really wanted five, because I’m going to all the home games. I swear to God, I’m going to cry.”