Sports and religion have a few things in common: The devotion, the community, the tradition, for example.
In New York, a rabbi-in-training doesn't just see those connections -- she feels them. In a compelling post on Humans of New York, a social media brand that profiles the local people, the rabbi explains her close connection to the Mets:
"I'm studying to be a rabbi," she says. "I'm a little worried that I'll be out of a job because less and less people seem to find religion meaningful. It's getting to the point where it seems crazy or stupid for someone my age to believe in God.
"I see God most in my relationships with other people. Victor Hugo said that 'to love another person is to see the face of God.' I think our capacity to love is uniquely human and naturally connects us to something higher than ourselves. I even think that loving a baseball team can be a religious experience.
"I was here in 2012 when Santana pitched his no hitter. Everyone in this stadium was holding their breath at the exact same time. And when the game ended, everyone screamed with the same joy. We all felt so connected at that moment.
"And I think that was holy. That's the feeling I want to create in my synagogue."
An interesting perspective as we move deeper into this MLB postseason. Cubs fans remain hopeful that God is not a Mets fan.