The New York Mets became the New York City replacements of both the Dodgers and Giants, who moved out west in 1957. With just the Yankees remaining in town, Major League Baseball chose to expand and the Mets were the resulting club, borrowing their colors of orange and blue from the former teams in the city. The first year of existence in 1962 for the Mets was a tough one, as the team suffered 120 losses. But hope would come within the decade, and a World Series title was closer than it would appear.
While the early years of failure continued to dwell on fans of the expansion team, in 1969 the “Miracle Mets” changed their destiny! Led by wonderful pitchers like Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Jerry Koosman, and solid hitting by Cleon Jones, the Mets won 100 games and earned a trip to the newly formed National League Championship Series (NLCS). New York would sweep the Atlanta Braves and earn a trip to the 1969 World Series.
Although the Baltimore Orioles were the heavily favored team and won the first game, the Mets came roaring back and won the championship in 5 games! A remarkable feat for such a young and unproven squad, the win would place the Mets on the map as a respectable team in the National League! Record-setting fan attendances would become the norm for the Mets in the 70s.
The Mets would earn another NL Pennant in 1973, though they fell in 7 games in the World Series that season. However, they began to fade later in the decade.
In the 80s, New York began to assemble a strong squad once again. Players like Daryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, Bob Ojeda, and Dwight Gooden would soon become Mets’ heroes. Their big year came in 1986, when the club won 104 games, winning the NL East and returning to the postseason. In the World Series they faced the Boston Red Sox, and beat them in 7 Games. The Series would be defined by the infamous Bill Buckner error in Game 6, which kept the Mets alive as well as the Red Sox’s dreaded “Curse of the Bambino”!
During the 90s the team declined again before hitting their steam late in the decade. With the arrival of Mike Piazza in 1998, the Mets became contenders once again. Other good players included Mike Hampton and Al Leiter. The team reached the playoffs in 1999 and the World Series in 2000. That edition was a cross-town rivalry setup between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. Unfortunately, the Yankees would take the Series in 5 games led by Derek Jeter and Mike Stanton.
Recently, the New York Mets saw success in the 2006 season when guys like Pedro Martinez, Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran, and Jose Reyes powered the team back to the NLCS. However, the Mets would lose in a dramatic 7-game series to the St. Louis Cardinals.
More recently a failure to close out seasons and unfortunate injuries have kept the team from reaching the postseason. While times certainly are tough for the New York Mets right now, they have historically proven their ability to win the big games when they get hot, which comes about more often than not. Perhaps another “Miracle Mets” season isn’t too far away…
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