Longtime Comedy Central veteran Jon Stewart leaves the show on top, just as his beloved Mets take first place.

By Bryan Pol

On Thursday, August 6, comedian Jon Stewart bids farewell to his revered The Daily Show after a 16-year run as its lead “anchor.”

In the penultimate episode of his run, Jon Stewart had reason to celebrate:  at 56-50, his beloved New York Mets were officially one game ahead of the Nationals, in sole possession of first place in the National League East for the first time all season.

Stewart, like his comedian friend Adam Sandler, a big Jets, Knicks, and Rangers fan (allusions to his fanhood are strewn about his films:  see Mr. Deeds and Big Daddy for proof), makes no qualms about his allegiances to the Mets.  In that same way, he is no different from Jerry Seinfeld, whose fictitious Upper West Side apartment always featured cereal, Snapple, Superman, and a Mets cap, and even a cameo or two from the likes of Keith Hernandez (even Roger McDowell, the second spitter along the gravelly road!), who had two entire episodes devoted to his friendship with Jerry and courtship of Elaine Benes, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfuss.

Seinfeld more than once has taken to Twitter to discuss his love for the Mets, including a direct interaction with newly acquired Yoenis Cespedes.


Clearly moved by Seinfeld’s boyish following of the Metropolitans, Cespedes even responded back to an early Seinfeld tweet he sent out on July 31.


On the Stewart front, the longtime Comedy Central personality lamented his leaving a show on which he founded a career, speaking to a skull as though he were delivering a Hamlet soliloquy, commenting on the ups and downs of his beloved Mets during his lengthy stint with The Daily Show.

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In Stewart’s long and illustrious career, he has taken Bill O’Reilly to task, given a touching interview with President Barack Obama, and provided millennials, especially those aged 18 to 40, their news in a cutting, witty, and sarcastic fashion.  As an actor, he unknowingly fathered a son opposite co-star Adam Sandler in Big Daddy, doing so in the vein of celebrating that big Joe Carter homer to win it for the Jays in ’93.

Stewart is a massive sports fan like the rest of us, even if he has been in support of his hard-luck Metropolitans, who are on top of their division on the very night that Mr. Stewart himself leaves on top.

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I am an English teacher, music and film aficionado, husband, father of two delightful boys, writer, sports fanatic, former Long Islander, and follower of Christ. Based on my Long Island upbringing, I was groomed as a Yankees, Giants, Rangers, and Knicks fan, and picked up Duke basketball, Notre Dame football, and Tottenham Hotspur football fandom along the way.