'Sweet Spot' With Mike Sugerman: Free Therapy For Suffering Mets Fans

August 16, 2018 - 7:28 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Recently, WCBS 880’s Mike Sugerman was finally able to recline on a park bench and unload his burdens on a sympathetic ear.

“So what’s on your mind today?” a woman asked as she sat next to him.

“They were 12 and 2 at the beginning of the year – 12 and 2!” Sugerman said. “This was going to be their year!”

“They” are the New York Mets, of course. And the way this season has been going, some people are in need of some therapy.

“And how does that make you feel?” the therapist asked.

“Horrible!” Sugerman said.

And he’s not the only one.

Dave Kerpen and his team from UMA, a mental health agency, have been at Citi Field handing out legitimate vouchers for $100 worth of sessions with any licensed therapist in New York City.

“We’ve decided to offer free therapy to Mets fans after what’s been a very difficult season with mishap after mishap,” Kerpen said

Most past them by. But not all.

“I think it’s the fact that we can’t seem to swing the bat; pitch the ball; win a game,” said Stephanie Perry.

“I’d say it’s about 10 years too late,” a man added.

“I’ll need a few more than that to get therapy for the Mets here in New York,” said Perry’s husband, Christian. “It’ll take many therapy hours.”

And the Perrys’ young Mets fan son? He could spend a fortune during his Mets lifetime.

Kerpen is a diehard Mets fan from head to toe. But running a mental health agency, he has a real serious message with this stunt.

“If people say they’re going to the gym to work out, and they’re going to see a personal trainer, everyone gives them big cheers, like, ‘Way to go!’ People say they’re going to see a therapist and they’re like: ‘What’s wrong? What’s the matter?’” he said. “We need to change that as a society. We need to make it that going to therapy is just as celebrated as going to the gym.”

Hundreds of people have signed up for the free sessions so far, and they can talk about anything. Sugerman was talking about Jeurys Familia, who of course was traded to the Oakland Athletics last month.

“Familia! Familia! He’s the closer on my fantasy team,” Sugerman told his therapist. “He’s not even on the Mets anymore, and he’s not even a closer!”

Sugerman is working through lots of things himself. If you are too, now you know where to go.