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Faith and Fear in Flushing made its debut on Feb. 16, 2005, the brainchild of two longtime friends and lifelong Met fans.

Greg Prince discovered the Mets when he was 6, during the magical summer of 1969. He is a Long Island-based writer, editor and communications consultant. Contact him here.

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Just Like Wally Said

Well, hell. You beat me to it. But since we're in agreement, let's walk down memory lane for a moment.

This is from Keith Hernandez's excellent If at First…, one of the better year-in-the-life books written by a pro athlete. It's from the 1986 chapter, found in the paperback edition. I've been thinking about it for a couple of days.

After we beat Montreal two out of three games our second trip in there, in early August, Backman snarled, “They're buried.”

“Hey, Wally, cool it,” I urged him. “That'll just steam them.”

“Tough,” he snapped.

August, June.

1986, 2006.

Doesn't matter.

They're buried.

6 comments to Just Like Wally Said

  • Anonymous

    Good news: With their loss to Florida, the Braves' lead is down to two games…
    Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.

  • Anonymous

    They don't even exist anymore.
    Here's to hoping we're posting similar recollections about Atlanta in 2026.

  • Anonymous

    Consider the position of both the Phillies and the Braves right now. Both have 9 games remaining with the Mets and both are more than 9 games behind.
    So neither team can make up their deficit purely on the basis of head-to-head competition with the Mets. Neither team has their destiny completely within their control. For either team to win, they have to get red hot, the Mets have to get ice cold , and finally, the Mets have to get ice cold against teams outside the NL East to pave the way.
    I'm not going to say their toast yet but the Mets most important road trip may, in fact, be the swing throught the AL East next week. If they can get through that road trip .500 or better, then I'll join in the TOAST.

  • Anonymous

    Mets actually have 10 games left with Philly, 6 at home, and a 4 game set at CBP.
    The Mets can play 500 ball the rest of the season and still win 90 games. The Phils and Braves would have to play well over 500 to catch them.
    I like jelly on my toast.
    Phils fans and Braves fans (I was surprised as heck that they actually had some) are jumping ship.
    It ain't over, but it is darn close.

  • Anonymous

    Enjoy the transition from plucky underdog to feared hegemon.

  • Anonymous

    I just wanted to say “hegemon.”