Last night Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy on Modern Family) visited Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. While he was on the show to discuss his newest movie, the two spent the majority of the time sharing their feelings about being Mets fans. You could tell Stewart would have talked baseball the whole time with Burrell if given the choice, but that’s not exactly his target audience.
The majority of these celebrities aren’t true fans, they usually show up during meaningful games or are there to promote a new project up in the broadcast booth. We are accustomed to seeing these celebrities up on the big screen in attempt to get a “Let’s Go Mets” chant started during key moments of a game. But these two are real passionate fans, Stewart’s love for the Mets has been well-known for years and is a season ticket holder. It’s common for Stewart to talk about the Mets during his show, mostly to do some venting.
Burrell on the other hand, I only became aware of last season when he threw out a first pitch at a game. He became a fan while living in queens in the early 2000’s, just after the successful Piazza years. He stuck with the team and even shares his greatest moment of anguish, when the Mets squandered The Endy Chavez catch made in game 7 of the 2006 NLCS during the interview. Granted, that game has haunted us but you can tell his love for this team is real throughout the interview.
I know it doesn’t help your team win or anything along those lines when you have famous people rooting for your team. It really does mean anything, their cheers won’t make this team win any more than mine will. But we do live in a world where celebrities are revered for every move they make. So for better or worse, celebrity fans do help bring the spotlight onto your team.
You can watch Ty Burrell sit down with Jon Stewart here: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-february-10-2014/ty-burrell