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Mets Yearbook: 1982

Posted By Greg Prince On December 1, 2010 @ 12:50 pm In 1 | Comments Disabled

“Operator, please connect me with 1982,” Randy Travis yodeled on a country hit [1] in 1986. “I need to make apologies for what I didn’t do.” I think it’s fair to say Randy Travis wasn’t a Mets fan, for in 1986, nobody wanted to make a call to the season that crumbled so definitively four years earlier.

[2]But maybe Randy was just channeling the spirit of seasons gone by or believed the Mets — en route to 108 wins and then some — might agree to make amends for wasting our time and sapping our goodwill in 1982 with a forlorn manager, a depleted slugger [3] and a hopelessly downward trajectory. The 1982 Mets looked like comers for two months, cresting at 27-21 (second place, 3½ behind the Cardinals), and then fell with velocity that would have made Pete Falcone envious, all way to 65-97 (sixth place, 27 games behind the Cardinals).

Let’s hope that when SNY debuts Mets Yearbook: 1982 Thursday night at 7:30, we learn the propagandists of 28 years ago were positively Travisesque in conjuring instant nostalgia for what I recall as one of the five most depressing Met seasons through which I’ve ever persevered. 1982 was the year I finally understood that the rebuilding program on which I pinned my hopes from 1977 through 1981 was at best unsuccessful and at worst a fraud. George Bamberger didn’t help. George Foster didn’t help. George Washington couldn’t have helped.

I cannot tell a lie: By George, we sucked.

Operator, I might have implored the cosmic baseball switchboard had I reached out to it in 1982, can you at least connect me with 1984 [4]? I’ve been trying to dial a winning season forever, and I just keep getting put on hold.

Image courtesy of “Mario Mendoza…HOF lock” at Baseball-Fever [5].

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[1] country hit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojVRNCsEGbU&feature=related

[2] Image: http://www.faithandfearinflushing.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/metsyb-1982.jpg

[3] depleted slugger: http://www.faithandfearinflushing.com/2007/02/09/expectation-disappointment/

[4] 1984: http://www.faithandfearinflushing.com/2008/02/22/first-place-just-like-i-pictured-it/

[5] Baseball-Fever: http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?78619-Mets-Yearbook-Covers-1962-2008

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