GASP! New Yorker Gives Finger at NY Sporting Event!

Between baseball, football, basketball and hockey, I've been to dozens of live sporting events in New York City (and, technically, East Rutherford, NJ, since that's where the "New York" Giants and "New York" Jets both play) and I can't remember a single one -- from the time I was seven through earlier this year -- in which I didn't see someone giving someone else the middle finger. It's simply a fact of life in New York.

So seeing everyone up in arms about Lady Gaga giving photographers the finger during Thursday's Mets doubleheader is kind of amusing to me.

Let's take a look at the facts:

- Lady Gaga is a native New Yorker
- Lady Gaga was at a Mets game in which her hometown Mets were losing (and apparently its some matter of dispute whether she's a Mets or Yankees fan, but either way, if you're a New Yorker at a New York team's game, you'd like to see the New York team not suck). 
- Lady Gaga is known to be somewhat of an "outgoing" personality

Add all these things up, and I'm actually kind of surprised she doesn't get photographed giving the finger more often. Hell, had I been at Thursday's games, I might have been giving the finger to Johan Santana when he gave up a run-scoring double to David Eckstein, or, more likely, to Ruben Tejada when he GROUNDED INTO A F@(#&$@(& 5-4-3 TRIPLE PLAY!

Lady Gaga responded to the middle finger controversy on her Twitter feed earlier today:

A middle finger is more New York than a corporate ambush. I bleed for my hometown, and I'd die for my fans.Fri Jun 11 17:13:38 via OpenBeak
And ya know what? She's right (though I'd dispute her characterization of the photographers being a "corporate ambush", since they are credentialed media paid to be at the game to capture news, whether it happens on or off the field).

For good or bad, the middle finger is as much a part of the New York experience as street vendor hot dogs, crowded subways and shady stores trying to convince tourists that it IS the iPop and it's totally worth $300. And as strange as it may sound, those are all things that make the New York experience great (so long as you don't actually blow $300 on something called the "Appel iPop").

Hell, I hope that when I see Lady Gaga in concert in a few months she brings that same New York attitude to the stage. That's part of what makes her awesome.

(Also, seriously, a FUCKING 5-4-3 TRIPLE PLAY?! And that was in the game THEY WON! This team fucking infuriates me on a regular basis, and I can't begin to comprehend why I even bother watching the games.)