Some won-lost records just jump out at me. For example, the Mets losing Sunday and falling to 20-23 sparked my recognition that the Mets hit that very same mark 24 years earlier. In 1990, losing and falling to 20-23 presented a platform for firing the most successful manager in franchise history.
After guiding the Mets to [...]
There are four teams in Mets history that are instantly iconic, teams that don’t require an introduction to the world at large. The years they represent are de facto brands when you’re talking baseball with those who know baseball.
The 1962 Mets.
The 1969 Mets.
The 1973 Mets.
The 1986 Mets.
Bring any of those up to somebody who isn’t [...]
The New York Mets have reached seven postseasons in 52 years. Two of them ended perfectly. Five of them didn’t. Those five were forwarded to you for your cosmic reconstructive surgery consideration, along with the request that you choose only one for historical repair. I read everything that was written in response — not just [...]
I’m tempted to label this is a limited-time offer, SO ACT NOW, but actually, it’s an offer not limited by time. If it was, then it couldn’t be offered. But I’m gonna offer it.
You get to pick another Mets world championship for your collection. The catch is you have to pick it from the past, [...]
I was gonna bitch about Ike Davis specifically or the bleak state of affairs surrounding our woeful, third-worst-in-baseball, 17-27 Mets (45-76 since July 8, 2012) generally, but I figure we’ll have Ike and the Mets to kick around for months to come. So I decided to go in a different direction.
Back. Back to happier times. [...]
Something struck me while the Giants were being demolished by the Reds, 9-0, Sunday and the Nationals were getting stomped by Carlos Beltran’s Cardinals, 12-4, Monday: this never happens to us.
The Mets have never been truly blown out of a postseason game. They’ve never lost one by eight runs. They’ve never lost one by nine [...]
In his career, he was — among other things — an Astro, a Giant and a Met. He stood in the batter’s box representing the last shred of doubt as to where a hard-earned National League flag would fly. If he succeeded, his team would know life and a possible world championship. If he didn’t, [...]
“Some people never got over the sixties, or the war, or the night their band opened for the Rolling Stones at the Marquee, and spend the rest of their days walking backwards; I never really got over Charlie. That was when the important stuff, the stuff that defines me, went on.”
—Rob Fleming, High Fidelity, by [...]
The Mets announced a new “dynamic” ticket-selling plan today. I was going to call it a ticket-selling “scheme,” but that carries such negative connotations, just as “dynamic” carries positive connotations. Dynamic sounds exciting — like Jose Reyes when we knew for sure that he was a Met. Even in a 140-character, “Like” button, “This” world, [...]
Welcome to The Happiest Recap, a solid gold slate of New York Mets games culled from every schedule the Mets have ever played en route to this, their fiftieth year in baseball. We’ve created a dream season that includes the “best” 148th game in any Mets season, the “best” 149th game in any Mets season, [...]