The connection runs even deeper than that, however. When staff aces Noah Syndergaard and Madison Bumgarner toe the Citi Field slab in the one-game-elimination NL Wild Card matchup, they’ll be representing a big slice of baseball history that goes back to the days of Bobby Thomson’s “shot heard around the world.” That was the “Golden Age” of baseball in New York, when from 1947 to 1957 the Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers, and Giants all averaged an incredible 90 wins per season, making the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan the places to be from warm summer days through chilly playoff contests in October.
Two years before the dawn of the “Golden Age,” another historic event happened in New York City when the first Constant Comment tea rolled off the line of the newly minted R.C. Bigelow, Inc. An avid tea connoisseur, company matriarch Ruth Bigelow thought tea drinkers like herself would enjoy a more zestfully flavored tea. Happening upon a special colonial recipe that called for tea to be blended with orange peel and spices, she decided to try and re-create what she felt sounded like a wonderful idea. After much trial and error in the family kitchen, Ruth Bigelow finally hit upon what she thought was the best-tasting recipe. After sharing samples with family, friends, and acquaintances, one of them reported back that her new tea had caused nothing but constant comments. Thus the "Constant Comment"® name was born. And under the guidance of Ruth Campbell Bigelow, then her son David Bigelow, Jr., and now her granddaughter Cindi Bigelow, the company has only flourished, moving from New York to Connecticut and offering 120 tea varieties today.
And how ‘bout those Amazin’ Mets? Well, in 1957 the unthinkable happened when the Giants and Dodgers both left town for San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively, leaving the capital of baseball without a National League team. Thanks to the hard work of Attorney William Shea (for whom Shea Stadium was named), a new team was born into the NYC market, with a name that was a shortened version of the teams corporate name, “The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club,” while also paying homage to a former New York team from the 1880s named – you guessed it – the Metropolitans.
Seeking to garner support from the jilted fans from Manhattan and Brooklyn, the team colors were made to be orange (Giants) and blue (Dodgers). Home games were played at the Polo Grounds (the Giants former home field) beginning in 1962, until Shea Stadium opened its doors in 1964.
So there you have it. When the Mets pitcher known as “Thor” fires his first pitch shortly after 8 p.m., a baseball game pitting two franchises linked by history will seek to extend their seasons to the next round of the 2016 MLB playoffs. All the while, a family-owned tea company in Fairfield, Conn. - with its roots in New York City - will be collectively smiling over a warm cup of brew.