This nostalgic song captures the nonchalant triumphs of The Strokes' finest moments.
I was just bored playin' the guitar
Learned all your tricks, wasn't too hard
A minute before the track ends, a change of pace heralds a new era.
Gone now are the old times
Forgotten, time to hold on the railing
Though the song is titled after The New York Mets, the Strokes' hometown baseball team is never actually mentioned in the lyrics. Indeed, there are no specific baseball allusions at all. Speaking in a video track by track, lead vocalist Julian Casablancas revealed that its title came about after the New York Mets had suffered a "painful" loss. "I wanna say in my defense, I want to remove the words 'Mets.' It's not like I'm just a secret jock," he said.
Drummer Fabrizio Moretti added: "I never paid attention to it much as the team; it's more like something that you set your heart to and that you love unconditionally, but that continues to disappoint you."
The Strokes debuted the song live during a New Year's Eve 2019 concert at the Barclays Center.
An animated music video, directed by longtime Strokes collaborator Warren Fu, was released on July 24, 2020. The date coincided with that year's delayed Opening Day for the Mets. Fu came up with the idea for the clip following a conversation with Julian Casablancas about the introduction to the NBC sitcom Cheers.